Both Comcast and VZ FiOS now offer 300MB broadband - but for $200-300 per month and that doesn't include TV. Google has 3 plans - free Internet (with a $300 construction fee); 1Gb Internet for $70/mo; and $120 for Gigabit Internet and TV.
The free service:
- Up to 5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload speed;
- No data caps;
- Free service guaranteed for at least 7 years;
- Includes Network Box (Gigabit switch with wireless access point).
- $300 construction fee (one time or 12 monthly payments of $25)
- + taxes and fees.
- Up to one gigabit upload X download speed;
- Full channel TV lineup;
- 2 year contract;
- No data caps;
- Nexus 7 tablet as remote;
- TV Box (Google TV similar to Nexus Q);
- Storage Box (media storage for DVR capacity);
- Network Box (Gigabit switch with wireless access point);
- 1TB Google Drive (online);
- for $120/mo + taxes and fees.
Some glaring omissions:
- Support: no mention of it at all.
- HBO and ESPN in the channel lineup.
- Voice. No voice service. Not even Google Voice as an auto attendant for cell service.
Who is getting this? Only neighborhoods in Kansas City (MO and KS) who have a high fiberhood ranking. In other words, you must get all your neighbors registered so that you can get lit by Google fiber.
GOOG even went brick-and-mortar for this: "Located at 1814 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri, the Fiber Space is our physical space in Kansas City where Kansas Citians can experience 100 times faster Internet first-hand and attend Fiber events."
Many communities will be envious, but what can they do? Many states have laws against muni networks and who is going to over-build on cable, FiOS or U-Verse? Cable franchise authorities COULD put pressure on for upgrades, but I don't see that happening. I see Kansas City gaining residents soon!
Note: "Some channels will require an additional fee. This channel lineup is
only a representative lineup and is subject to change. Actual lineup will be published when customers register for service." And it is about a year before anyone actually receives service.