I wanted to write about a few more things I learned at the Google Fiber neighborhood association meeting on Monday night. Google Fiber is the fastest internet speed there is, 1000Mb per second, which is 100 times faster than what consumers have right now. Google chose Kansas City KS and Kansas City MO to roll out this service, which you can register for now at the website.
You can read part one of my blog about Google Fiber at the top of this page. Other information about Google Fiber for reference:
*The ‘fiberglass box’ bringing the service to your home will be attached to the house, and stays with the house. You will have one fiber box per TV set.
*Google says they will ‘work with the neighborhoods’ as to the placement of the service huts in each neighborhood location. I am concerned about this because of the unsightly AT&T UVerse boxes that were plopped on the easement and 68th St and Main in Armour Hills, which is not only an eyesore but blocks the view of oncoming cars.
* Users will have a regular remote control stick and a tablet for TV control . (I was not allowed to take a picture of the tablet, but it’s about the size of a Kindle and very easy to use).
*You will not need a router or a server with this service. You will have three small boxes, one for storage, another for cable and a third for DVR service.
*Four computers can be served by one network box.
*You can find a list of available TV channels on the website. Right now, premium channels (like HBO) are not listed. ESPN and AMC aren’t on the list either. But Google is still negotiating, and feels these channels will be available eventually.
Google welcomes anyone interested in this service to stop by their local headquarters at 1814 Westport Road for a demonstration. It’s very impressive–you can test out the mega-fast internet connection and the bright, hi-def TV service. There’s plenty of Google staff to chat with you and answer questions… and it’s a very relaxing, inviting space to hang out and play with the new toys! Hours are Sunday-Friday 12noon-8pm and Saturday 10am-8pm, 1814 Westport Road at State Line.
Having Google Fiber access to the KC metro area is going to change the way we work, play, and entertain ourselves. The rest of the nation will be watching how we use this service and what happens as a result. Even if you don’t think you have the need for faster internet service–if you plan on moving in the next few years, sign up. I believe it will add to the value of your home if it’s connected to Google Fiber.