Google Outlines IPTV, 1-Gig Internet Service In Kansas City

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Google Outlines IPTV, 1-Gig Internet Service In Kansas City

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After more than two years in the works, Google announced details of its 1 Gigabit per second Internet service -- as well as a companion IPTV service with 161 channels, multiscreen access and network DVR -- to be available in Kansas City, Kan., and central Kansas City, Mo.

 

Google will charge $70 per month for standalone Internet service, and $120 per month for TV plus 1-Gig service with a two-year contract. Users also have the option to get 5 Mbps downstream Internet access for no monthly charge for at least seven years, if they pay a one-time $300 "construction fee" or pay $25 per month for 12 months.


"It's Internet 100 times faster than most Americans have today," Google vice president of access Milo Medin said at the company's launch event Thursday in Kansas City. "I don't know about you, but I've never heard someone say they think their Internet connection is too fast."

 

The Internet service, which provides 1 Gbps both downstream and upstream, includes "no caps, no overage charges," said Medin, who in the last decade led the cable industry's @Home broadband project. The service includes 1 Terabyte of Google storage for photos and other media.

 

The Google Fiber TV service includes a network-based DVR service with storage for up to 500 hours of HD programming, plus "tens of thousands" of VOD titles. The TV service also will be available on Android and iOS devices, and will include a voice-enabled search function.

 

"It's not just Internet TV -- but real TV that you used to be able to get only from your cable or satellite provider," Medin said. "You don't have to settle for old-style television any more."

 

The full list of TV channels is available here. Google is throwing in a free Android tablet, its recently announced Nexus 7, for TV subscribers, which functions as a remote control for the TV service.

 

The Google Fiber TV service also will include content supplied from local organizations and groups in Kansas City, according to the company.

 

Google's self-described fiber-to-the-home "experiment" is designed to push policymakers to putting policies in place to encourage faster broadband speeds.

 

The average Internet speeds in the U.S. are 5.8 Megabits per second down and 1.2 Mbps up, Medin said: "This is incredibly slow compared to the rest of the developed world."

 

Google's 1-Gig Internet service includes a home router with four Gigabit Ethernet ports. The TV set-tops include built-in access to Netflix and YouTube.

 

In February 2010, the company kicked off the "Think Big With a Gig" contest, offering to build a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home network somewhere in the U.S.. The offer elicited more than 1,100 applications from cities and communities across the country. Google's stated goal: to create a test bed for showcasing next-generation Internet applications and push for government policies to facilitate super-fast broadband rollouts.

 

Availability of the service in Kansas City, Kan., and central Kansas City, Mo., will vary. Google said consumers must preregister by Sept. 9 to be eligible for service; the company will build out FTTH intially in neighborhoods where "there is the most interest."

 

Last year Google said it would start the signup process for customers in Kansas City, Kan., in the fourth quarter of 2011. The company said it delayed the process until the fiber buildout was farther along. In April the company said it had strung more than 100 miles of fiber in Kansas City, having contracted with Braselton, Ga.-based Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG) for the initial fiber deployment.

 

In Kansas City, Kan., Google has pledged to provide free 1-Gbps access to more than 200 government buildings there, including schools and libraries.

 

Google announced the hiring of Medin in December 2010. He was one of the founders of the cable industry's @Home venture, formed in 1996 with John Malone's Tele-Communications Inc., Comcast, Cox Communications and William Randolph Hearst III. The company, which acquired Web portal Excite, filed for bankruptcy in September 2001. Its high-speed-fiber network was subsequently sold to AT&T.

 

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Yep, you're right. Just another example of why "math before coffee" is always a bad idea. Smiley Happy.

 

I believe the numbers are still right, even though the description is not.

The numbers are still very large.

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Escapee wrote:

Google builds many of its own server farms. The closest to KC is Council Bluffs, Iowa or Mayes County, OK. I  would not be surprised if they placed one in KC if the Google Fiber ramps up the load dramatically.  Google has one of the largest networks in the world so they could easily pass off the data close to the other end from KC.


That's good for Google resources, and expected. The (potential) issue I was trying to point out is access to the Internet. I say potential because I have not really looked at the plan or read much about it (beyond a few forum discussions).

 

I would be surprised if they don't have it all handled. I still find size and scope amazing.

 

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ScottMac wrote:

Yep, you're right. Just another example of why "math before coffee" is always a bad idea. Smiley Happy.

 

I believe the numbers are still right, even though the description is not.

The numbers are still very large.



No matter how you say it, it's still a boatload of zeros. Smiley Very Happy

 

 




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Don't feel bad I when you came up in the pre 56K world I still think Mbps or MBps is fast. Today that is about what a 56K speed is today.  It is more bits per second then the BYTE of fingers I have.

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Which comes first....the chicken or the egg?    With all this extremely high speed delivery capability what good does it do when no data sources (or at least hardly any) can deliver at anywhere near that speed.  I've got about 18 mbps download speed now (tested) but as a practical matter my average download speeds of data run around 650 to 750 kbps.  I'm still of the opinion that this is primarily a magnificent marketing gig.  The only game I play is solitaire.  Will the additional speed help me win more often?Smiley LOL

 

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hpmsrm wrote:

Which comes first....the chicken or the egg?    With all this extremely high speed delivery capability what good does it do when no data sources (or at least hardly any) can deliver at anywhere near that speed.  I've got about 18 mbps download speed now (tested) but as a practical matter my average download speeds of data run around 650 to 750 kbps.  I'm still of the opinion that this is primarily a magnificent marketing gig.  The only game I play is solitaire.  Will the additional speed help me win more often?Smiley LOL

 


 

You mean a magnificent marketing gig-abit?Smiley LOL

 

That's the main problem with AT&T "buy our superfast 24Mbps package, oh, you actually want to utilize it, that will cost more"

 

And before anyone chimes in, yes I know Uverse caps are not currently enforced, but it's the principal, and I also know that tired old excuse of the terrible 2% is just a hosebag reason to soak the customer. Here's to hoping Google can be effective in setting an example for the money-grubbers of the ISP industry. What surprises me is that the likes of AT&T and Comcast aren't busy as heck trying to buy new legislation to block or cripple Googles attempt to bring broadband into the 21st century.

 

 


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Computer-Joe wrote:

hpmsrm wrote:

Which comes first....the chicken or the egg?    With all this extremely high speed delivery capability what good does it do when no data sources (or at least hardly any) can deliver at anywhere near that speed.  I've got about 18 mbps download speed now (tested) but as a practical matter my average download speeds of data run around 650 to 750 kbps.  I'm still of the opinion that this is primarily a magnificent marketing gig.  The only game I play is solitaire.  Will the additional speed help me win more often?Smiley LOL

 


 

You mean a magnificent marketing gig-abit?Smiley LOL

 

That's the main problem with AT&T "buy our superfast 24Mbps package, oh, you actually want to utilize it, that will cost more"

 

And before anyone chimes in, yes I know Uverse caps are not currently enforced, but it's the principal, and I also know that tired old excuse of the terrible 2% is just a hosebag reason to soak the customer. Here's to hoping Google can be effective in setting an example for the money-grubbers of the ISP industry. What surprises me is that the likes of AT&T and Comcast aren't busy as heck trying to buy new legislation to block or cripple Googles attempt to bring broadband into the 21st century.

That would be anti-competitive, and against the regulations. Smiley Wink

 

 


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It looks like they're waiting for KC to be successful before expanding.  IF you want it in your area, it's a contest (or was) by getting friends and neighbors in your Zip to say they want it. 

 

Guessing it would be the same deal where they could not overlap with an existing IPTV/fiber carrier?  Except the 2 cases of Verizon and ATT overlap in area near Dallas, and one in California.

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I thought the contest was just for the areas just outside the phase 1 area in KC. Even Phil says he is too far from KC to get Google fiber when they expand. They are also having a minimum sign up goal for each neighborhood or Fiberhood inside the phase 1 area. If Google does not get a minimum number of customers to signup for a neighborhood no one will get the service. You have to look at the neighborhood map tosee how it works.

 

I went to the site and it looks like KC, Mo has all but a hand full of Fiberhoods signed up. The KC, K  side does not look so good for many Fiberhoods.  I was surprised the Business District still needs 212 signups or 13 of the 25% needed to meet their goal.

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Whatever, the way they're going about it seems odd to me.

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Google Fiber TV has reach an agreement to carry ESPN and Disney Channels:

 

The networks to be available through Google Fiber TV are: ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, the Longhorn Network and SOAPnet.

 

http://www.multichannel.com/news-article/google-adds-espn-and-disney-nets-fiber-tv-diet/133470

 

The Longhorn Network!  I wonder if there will be boycotts because of this.  Smiley Happy

 

I still find it interesting that the price of the service was set prior to reaching an agreement to carry these channels considering the high carriage feeds that these channels demand.

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*Insider* Trading?  Google's sleeping with Disney/ESPN?  Smiley Very Happy


texasguy37 wrote:

Google Fiber TV has reach an agreement to carry ESPN and Disney Channels:

 

The networks to be available through Google Fiber TV are: ABC Family, ABC News Now, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN, ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, the Longhorn Network and SOAPnet.

 

http://www.multichannel.com/news-article/google-adds-espn-and-disney-nets-fiber-tv-diet/133470

 

The Longhorn Network!  I wonder if there will be boycotts because of this.  Smiley Happy

 

I still find it interesting that the price of the service was set prior to reaching an agreement to carry these channels considering the high carriage feeds that these channels demand.




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It may have been a case of they had a budget that they would spend on content based on the selling price.    If they overspent on ABC/Disney/ESPN they'll just cut other channels somewhere else.  Like the PAC-12 channel, perhaps.  

 

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