Google launches 1 Gbps Internet service

Google is finally offering fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. There are three options for subscribers:

(1) 1 Gbps Internet access plus TV: $120 per month, $300 construction fee waived, two-year contract. Extras: one terabyte Google Drive, Nexus 7 tablet.

(2) 1 Gbps Internet access (no TV): $70 per month, $300 construction fee waived, one-year contract. Extra: 1 terabyte Google Drive.

(3) Free Internet (but only up to 5 Mbps downstream, 1 Mbps upstream): one time payment of $300 construction fee or $25 per month for 12 months.

If this were available in my neighbourhood, I would sign up immediately for option (1). I think this is a fantastic offer and I wish Google or someone else would roll it out everywhere. There are a number of communities in the US that already have FTTH service and many of these networks are owned by the local government.

Silicon Valley is exactly the place where 1 Gbps service should be available. Imagine what kinds of services and applications the startups there would develop!