Google fiber network is blazing fast and cheap to access
Google began searching for communities around the country to be part of its superfast fiber-optic broadband network experiment. The winner of that search was Kansas City and the elaborate fiber-optic network is already operational. The superfast network has gears turning in the heads of many entrepreneurs in the area according to the Wall Street Journal.
One such entrepreneur is 31-year-old Tim Sylvester, who founded a company called Integrated Roadways LLC. Sylvester's company makes a modular pavement system for high-traffic roadways. The product makes smart roadways by embedding sensors in the pavement that can capture information about the formation of cracks, potholes, and traffic jams.
Sylvester had previously believed that his company would have to develop their own fast network to bring this product to market. However, with Google rolling out the blazing fast fiber-optic broadband network in Kansas City, Sylvester now thinks that network will be perfect for his needs.
"There's been a lot of excitement" here, says Michael Gelphman, founder of Kansas City IT Professionals, a grassroots networking and peer-advisory group. "Google Fiber has gotten the whole city thinking about technology."
This sort of innovation and use of the fast fiber network is exactly what Google hoped to see. Google hopes that the fast network will spur innovations within the community ranging from telemedicine to cloud computing and more. While this fast network and the innovation it is spurring are good news for Kansas City, it's likely to be a very long time before other cities around the country can enjoy such speedy broadband connections.
Google is also trying to control costs by installing the service in neighborhoods where a certain percentage of residents are willing to pre-register with a $10 deposit. Those neighborhoods have to reach a specific threshold to be considered for the fiber service before September 9 or Google won't commit to bringing the service there.
So far, Google hasn't offered details on the cost to build the network project in Kansas City. Google is charging about $70 monthly to households that subscribe to the service, not counting TV.