Google have announced the major expansion for its 1Gbps internet project, Fibre. Olathe, Kansas will be the next town to get the fast internet and TV combo, which is 25 miles away from where the project started in Kansas City in July last year. The population is the area is 128,000, and whilst it may be a modest number, it certainly shows that Google are serious about expanding this service.
The Olathe city council approved Google’s proposal to provide both a TV and internet service in the area yesterday, something Google hope to roll out to residents once the “planning and engineering work” has been done. Google say via their Fibre blog that once those “processes [are] underway, we’ll be able to announce more about pre-registration and construction timing.” They also go on to say that “hopefully this is the first of several announcements that we’ll be able to make about bringing Google Fiber to additional cities in the KC metro area.”
Google Fibre is currently $120-a-month, which gains you the illustrious 1Gbps internet connection alongside its Pay TV service, or optionally you can pay $70-a-month for just the standalone connection. According to the Olathe city website, it will receive a 5% “franchise fee” on gross revenue generated by Google within its borders. However, even though Google is expanding into other areas its still not done with Kansas City. Whilst the connection has gone live on the metropolitan area last year, the Missouri side won’t get the service until later this spring.
The whole point of Google’s Fibre initiative is to put pressure on the cable and phone companies in America, in order to cater for the increasing bandwidth being used by residents that are accessing streaming content such as You Tube or Netflix - who say they will be offering 4K streaming by next year. Although, given the recent comments made by Time Warner’s CFO Irene Esteves, they all seem like they are in no hurry to upgrade their customers any time soon.
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