Friday, April 19, 2013

Google Fiber 1000 Mbps Internet headed to Provo, Utah

Terms of an agreement between Google Inc. and Provo, Utah, show the company will pay $1 for a fiber-optic system that cost $39 million to build.

Even as Google takes ownership of the municipal network, Provo will have to pay off loans for its construction for another dozen years.

Provo officials say it's a good deal because the system hasn't been able to pay for itself. They say Google will make upgrades and complete connections to every home.

And Google Fiber will offer basic Internet service at no charge for a $30 hookup fee far less than the current $700 activation fee.

Provo households are paying off the cost of the network with a $5.35 monthly utility fee, and city officials say they'll get something for their money now.

Google said on Wednesday that its experimental high-speed Internet service is setting its sights on the Utah city of Provo.
Provo is slated to be the third US city to get Google Fiber service that promises to move data at a blazing gigabyte-per-second, according to a blog post by Google Fiber general manager Kevin Lo.

Last week, Google released word that its Internet service will spread to Austin, the Texas home of a South By Southwest festival beloved by technology trendsetters, after a successful pilot program in Kansas City.

Google Fiber should start connecting its so-called gigabit Internet to homes in Austin, the Texas state capital and a hotbed for Internet entrepreneurs, by the middle of next year, said vice president of access services Milo Medin.

As part of a plan to install Google Fiber in Utah, the California-based Internet giant inked a deal to buy an iProvo fiber-optic network that the city of Provo began building in 2004 but has not completed, according to Lo.

The agreement with Provo must be approved by the city council to proceed, and a vote is slated for April 23, Google said.

"We're committed to keeping their vision alive," Lo said of the plan to build iProvo into a Google Fiber network in that city.

If the deal is approved, Google would provide free Internet lower-speed service along the existing Provo network for at least seven years, with each home required to pay a $30 activation fee.

Google would charge monthly subscription rates for high-speed Internet connections along with optional services such as television programming.

Google's 'Gigabit Internet' would be free to public institutions such as schools, hospitals and libraries.

Google Fiber debuted in Kansas City and in November began providing users there with Internet service that moves data at about 100 times faster than the speed provided by typical broadband connections.

Google Fiber made a big splash upon launch, with its promise of Gigabit speeds at the cost of regular broadband. Google announced that it will be launching its fiber-based Internet service in Kansas City, USA. The service will let users download unlimited Internet data at the speed of 1000 megabits per second for $70 per month.

The Internet search giant had received 3,900 registrations for Google Fiber as on Sunday, with users having another 41-days to pre-order. The installations will begin in September.

Here's all you need to know about Google Fiber.

1) A free Nexus tablet
Every customer who signs up for Google Fiber with TV will get a free Google Nexus tablet to use as a remote. As of now, it is not clear whether it will be the 8GB model of Nexus 7 or the 16GB one that will be provided but nevertheless it is a great deal. There is also speculation that with the subscription of Google's Internet one may be able to get a ChromeBook for a discounted price of $299. The TV + Internet plan costs $120 per month, against $70 per month for Internet only.

 2) No caps
Apart from the speed, what is exciting about Google Fiber is that it is offering unlimited data uploading and downloading. Yes, that's right. There are no star marks or caps that the company plans to put on the amount of data you transfer.

 3) DVR Box
Google Fiber TV also comes along with a DVR box that lets users record as many as eight channels simultaneously. There is also an on-board memory of 2TB to help store all data that one may want to save.

 4) Installation cost and neighbourhood criteria
Google is charging $300 as an installation cost for this service and everyone who wants to pre-register will have to pay $10 to make a request. One would need at least 50 neighbours to make a request for Google to install this service in their area.

 5) No Broadband, no worries
For areas in Kansas, which still do not have broadband access (about 25 percent of the area), Google is offering 5Mbps download speeds and 1Mpbs upload speeds for the next seven years on payment of $300.

 6) 1 Gbps either way
Google Fiber offers 1Gbps download and upload speeds. In a world where upload speeds are capped at rather ridiculous levels, that must be music to the ears of end users. Torrent-ers rejoice!

7) Customer service
The Internet Service Provider (ISP) business is a new vertical for Google and given that it has little expertise in a consumer facing business, it will be interesting to see what it's strategy will be for this vertical. It will be a challenge even for Google to establish a robust customer service mechanism.

8) Home users only
The plans shared so far are clearly targeted at the home user, so what about the business users? Will Google continue to ignore them or will it have special plans for businesses in the future, remains to be seen.

9) Only for Kansas
Though Google has promised that it will be looking at rolling out this service to other states soon, but for now it is available only for the people living in Kansas City, Missouri. Google may prefer to wait and see how things turn out, so it may be a long

10) India? Forget about it!
In India, where most are struggling to get even a steady 1Mbps line, a service like Google Fiber will be really welcome. But given the state of infrastructure in our country and the amount of investment that setting something like Google Fiber will entail, we wouldn't advise you to hold your breath.