KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The long-awaited, much-hyped launch of Google Fiber in the Greater Kansas City area has finally happened.
Google made it official in an announcement in a morning news conference at 1820 Westport Road.
Google Fiber boasts it will make Internet speeds up to 100 times faster. While Google won't confirm details, the company has reportedly secured licenses to sell television services in Kansas and Missouri.
Google Fiber will offer residents in some parts of the KC Metro the option of purchasing Internet service and television service. It will reportedly cost approximately $70 for one or $120 for both.
The company says that if you pay the $300 construction cost to bring fiber to your house, you can get free internet for seven years.
"It's an opportunity for people who are not connected to become connected in a way they can afford," said Kansas City Missouri Mayor Sly James. "Twenty five dollars for one year but they have seven years of free internet service, that's hard to beat."
Google said it will take only a few minutes to download a full-length movie using its fiber speed.
Who will get it? How will they choose? Google says it has divided central Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan. into "fiberhoods" and asked people interested in buying the service to register for $10. The areas with the most interest are expected to get the service. The target date is set for sometime in the fall.
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