Thursday, July 31, 2014

City in Kansas Will Have The Fastest Internet

Fast Connection
Google's ultra-high speed Internet service is expanding again and this time it's coming to Kansas, USA.

The immediate beneficiary of this breakthrough connection services is the city of Overland Park, Kansas, after they approved an agreement bring in Google Fiber. They followed the lead of several other cities in the Kansas City metro area.

Google said it was "thrilled to be working with Overland Park," and though the company still needs to conduct a feasibility study before moving ahead with construction.

Google Fiber delivers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. That's 100 times faster than most U.S. connections - this means one can download an entire music album in under six seconds at that speed, or a feature-length movie in 38 seconds.

Google Fiber came to Kansas City in 2012, and is now available in a handful of areas around the city. It's also available in Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah.

Internet service through Google Fiber costs US$ 70 a month, or US$ 120 with TV service. Google is also offering free slower Internet for at least seven years (after a one-time construction fee that ranges between US$ 30 and US$ 300).

The company said last February 2014 that it is also exploring plans to bring its network to nine other metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose.

However, laying down a fiber-optic network is expensive, requiring operators to dig up an area and lay the cable underground, so Google isn't likely to take the network nationwide any time soon. The search giant has been negotiating with cities on an individual basis to secure favorable terms and streamlined construction.

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