180 Kansas City “Fiberhoods” Getting Google Fiber, Construction to Begin Within Weeks

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There’s never been a better time to live in the Hanover Heights area of Kansas City. That’s the lucky “fiberhood” that will be the first to receive Google Fiber, which will deliver one gigabit Internet speeds. Google says that construction will begin within a few weeks.

After Hanover Heights, Google is planning to install Google Fiber in 179 additional KC neighborhoods, with the last one--the Lykins North area--getting the speedy service a year or so from now. The first fiberhood on the Missouri side of the city will be Crown Center, where construction will commence this spring.

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Google Fiber coverage (in blue) coming to the Missouri side of Kansas City

Of course, being blessed with access to Google Fiber doesn’t mean that these folks won’t pay for it. Those who opt for the highest service tier, dubbed Gigabit+TV, will be paying $120 per month plus taxes and fees with a 2-year contract. Granted, that will get you gigabit speed (both up and down); a full spate of TV channels; no data caps; 1TB of space on Google Drive; a Nexus 7 tablet (because hey, why not); and Google’s TV Box, Storage Box, and Network Box.

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The Complete Google Package

If all that isn’t quite worth the money to users, they can also opt for a $70 per month plan (plus taxes and fees, with a one-year contract) that includes the same Internet speeds as above, no data caps, the 1TB Google Drive, and a Network Box.

There is one tier of users who will get free service; those who are happy with 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up will get free Internet service from Google for seven years. They’ll have to spring for a one-time $300 construction fee, but otherwise they’ll enjoy no data caps, a Google Network Box, and the possibility to upgrade to a higher service tier any time.
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rapid1 replied on Fri, Sep 14 2012 9:30 AM

Luckily FIber has matured to a stronger and more flexible version. I remember when it first came out and if the thin glass line inside got a small crack it would screw up transmission if not ending it all together. The last Fiber I worked with about two years ago in several Super Wally World locations on the East coast was bendable to a 90% ratio while still operational and I am sure it has moved since then. Either way it bodes well for this and I also think it should be in all metro areas relatively soon (Maybe 3-5 or 1-3 even depending) it does not bode well for the standard TV channels though as it hurts advertising a lot which finances it all. Either way streaming etc is the way of the near future and VOIP is also owning that spectrum (general Telephone and some cellular as well) as well as general internet usage and entertainment. It has to be nice to live in Kansas! I do wonder though several things like how many main lines they have to run for a specific location etc to guarantee all time successful transmission.

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JOMA replied on Fri, Sep 14 2012 12:57 PM

Too bad overland park didn't get it, I know some people there.

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This is exactly getting a new level to high speed connectivity.

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