Thursday, July 26, 2012

Google Fiber Offers "Free" 5 Mbps Broadband Access in Kansas City

Google Fiber, which is launching service in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo., will offer consumers a "free" broadband access services, offering downstream speeds up to 5 Mbps, with a 1Mbps upload speed, with free service guaranteed for at least seven years.


 Users have to pay a one-time $300 "construction fee," optionally payable in 12 monthly payments of $25), plus applicable taxes and fees. 


The "standard" symmetrical 1 Gbps upload and download service, with no data caps, requires a one-year contract and costs $70 a month, plus taxes and fees. 


The "entertainment television and 1-Gbps service costs $120 a month, and includes a number of standard video channels. The nominal pricing of the video service is $50 a month. A number of the leading networks, including ESPN, Disney and Fox channels are unavailable at that price. 


But Google Fiber at launch will be a "beta" in some ways, so programming line-ups might change, over time. 


The standard package also includes a free Nexus 7 tablet, though, at least in part because the tablet provides remote control features, as well as the ability to eamlessly watch on your tablet in other rooms of  a customer's house.


Of course, users who want broadband access and television will have three different boxes, one for broadband, one for TV decoding, and a third to provide digital video recorder functions. 

There are some ways in which the Google video service offers advantages. There is no separate box or fee for HDTV viewing, for example. Many service providers charge extra for DVR functionality as well. Google video service does not have those add-on fees.

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