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Google Fiber Goes Live in Kansas City




We have tracked the Google Fiber story since the times that Google was accepting applications to the choice made for Kansas City, KS to be the first city to get Google Fiber to the addition of Kansas City, KS to the troubles of installation to now the final delivery.

Let’s just say it has been interesting to watch and it will likely make many jealous when they hear that the users of Google Fiber are getting an average of 600-700 mbps out of the gate which drops off to a mere 200 mbps through wireless. I want some, how about you?

The whole thing has created some interesting circumstances like the story from Ars Technica about someone who is investing in start-ups in the new Google Fiber Zone.

After months of fanfare and anticipation, gigabit home Internet service Google Fiber finally went live on Tuesday in Kansas City. The search giant is offering 1 Gbps speeds for just $70 per month—significantly faster and cheaper than what any traditional American ISPs are offering.

“We just got it today and I’ve been stuck in front of my laptop for the last few hours,” Mike Demarais, founder of Threedee, told Ars. “It’s unbelievable. I’m probably not going to leave the house.”

Demarais is simply getting the benefit of the fiber by living in a house that was purchased to help entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area.

The Homes For Hackers, founded by local Web developer Ben Barreth, had originally been conceived as a matchmaking scheme between entrepreneurs who wanted a free place to live and work, and local families who would open their homes to them.

But once Google announced its fiber rollout schedule, Barreth realized the families that had signed up were not going to get crazy speeds until Summer 2013. So he took matters into his own hands and, with his wife’s blessing, he liquidated his Roth IRA to put 20 percent down on a house they eventually bought for $48,000 in September 2012.

Pretty interesting what an investment by the likes of Google in an area can do. Most agree that while the fiber is not necessarily enough to help grow the start-up community in Kansas City it certainly can’t hurt.

Would you like Google Fiber in your town?