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Google Fiber Expands To Olathe, Kansas 120

skade88 writes "If you are one of the lucky 125,000 people who live in Olathe, Kansas, the rest of us congratulate you on your new amazing $70.00/month, 1 GB Google fiber service. Google also announced they will be letting us know about further cities that will be wired up with Google Fiber service soon. This shows that Google Fiber is not just a sandbox they are going to keep in Kansas City, Google Fiber is a real business they will keep expanding. In other exciting news, the FCC wants to see at least one community in each state with 1 Gigabit home service by 2015."
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Google Fiber Expands To Olathe, Kansas

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 21, 2013 @03:16AM (#43231953)

    So 1 GB? Thats only 8 seconds at 1 Gb/s. Now thats a low data cap, or a bad summery.

    • by Bongoots ( 795869 ) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @08:09AM (#43232977)

      Yeah, there really is some ignorance towards basic computing terms out there.

      If the service was 1 GB/s, then that'd be 8 Gb/s. Let alone that the fine summary says "1 GB Google fiber service", so is wrong twice over by using B and no '/s' or 'ps'.

      All laughing aside, data transfer speed is rated in bits per second (bps or b/s), while data storage capacity is rated in Bytes (B), with a capitalised prefix T/era, G/iga, M/ega. There's a huge difference between B/b, and even major stores which sell lots of computer equipment get them mixed up. I'm sure I don't need to preach to the converted, as they say, but I've started so I'll finish..

      I'm often annoyed by things like "portable 500 Gb drive" which if such an ad was correct should only have 62.5 GB of space. The same the other way around where Internet (capital I) service providers sometimes use B when advertising speeds. It doesn't help when the idiots who should know what they're on about say the wrong things for such simple matters.

      Maybe it should've said "125 MB/s Google fiber service" (which I know is the wrong way to report data speed, unless you're trying to simplify how fast you can pillage the Internet with your download speed in an easy-to think of way), but then that would confuse the poor common IT-illiterate users into thinking that it was wasn't "big" and "fast".

      Likewise, but on a tangent, years ago the memory in a computer wasn't a large selling factor, but now laptops are advertised with the memory size before the drive space. This can only help to confuse users when they see "Intel Pentium Dual Core 4GB 500GB 14" HD LED..." for sale. Previously the standard used to be drive space before memory size, and sometimes is still done that way today. No fixed standard. Does it have a 4 GB drive with 500 GB memory?! Of course not, but I'm sure some might still ask the question in bewilderment.

      For the record, I've only got 30 Mb/s service here in the UK from Virgin.

    • then I'll order it now, during the lunch break.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 21, 2013 @03:24AM (#43231977)

    This is incredible.

    Korea and Japan must be looking on in envy. Why, by the year 17000, over 50% of US homes will have a fast internet connection! Won't that be something!

  • by slackware 3.6 ( 2524328 ) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @03:25AM (#43231983)
    to set up Gigabit internet service in 52 communities?
    That's a real lofty goal.
    And how much will this cost taxpayers in the for of subsidies for the large telecoms?
    • Hey, don't knock it. At that rate, I should be getting Google Fiber sometime around 2042.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I'll take 100Mbit for $7

  • Olathe (Score:5, Informative)

    by slag02 ( 1359687 ) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @03:50AM (#43232057)
    I am one of those residents - (Just moved back from Chicago-Land last October) - For those curious the city is pronounced O-LAYth-UH We are a suburb of KC and it seems the Olathe Government took cues from the issues with the city that Google was having In KC and tried to ease Google's issues by putting what they want explicitly in the writing of the contracts. I hope it arrives sooner than later and thank you for your Congratulations
    • I'm curious... have you seen the terms of their service agreement? I'm wondering if you have to agree that Google can parse the unencrypted parts of your data stream for advertising/user metrics (for anonymizing and sale)?
      • The terms for the first roll out is publicly available. There is no such clause fortunately (or unfortunately if are not a fan of google)

    • I still hate you guys for those obnoxious Sunflower Dodge commercials in the 80's and 90's. Now I have another reason to hate you. (I don't live in KC anymore).
    • I can't wait either. I'm close to downtown, hoping that may help us get it sooner!
  • What can you do with 1 Gigabit Google Fibre that you can't do with 20Mbps DSL or 50Mbps Cable internet? Obviously I am talking about residential customers and not data centers or commercial users. Complete overblown PR hype by Google and lovingly covered by media outlets getting on the bandwagon desperate for content to fill their websites and news-cycles.
    • by olau ( 314197 )

      Fiber is being rolled out in Denmark too, mostly in the country-side because the old electric utilities (owned by the residents) decided to have a go at it. So I too have been wondering about this. But if you have 3 TV sets/house streaming on demand in a good quality, you're going to need more than 20 Mbit/s. And with most of the ADSL solutions, it's a hit or miss whether they can actually deliver up to what they promise.

      I have a friend who moved to the middle of a 300k residents city and his 20 Mbit ADSL c

    • multi user virtual reality?
      Stream every single tv on the world at once?
      Get new downloads even faster?
      You know what guy, stick with your 56k modem.

    • by Cerium ( 948827 )

      What can you do on an ethernet connection that you can't do on a serial connection?
      What can you do on a 128k DSL connection that you can't do on a 56k dial-up connection?
      What can you do on a DVD that you can't do on a CD?

      I can keep going, but I'm sure you get the point. It's not about what you can do _right now_, but about what you can do tomorrow. And in the meantime, you can do the same things can do today much faster.

      Gotta look to the future, not muck about in the present.

  • by ChronoFish ( 948067 ) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @04:57AM (#43232265) Journal
    That Google choose what is pretty much the geographic center of the (continental) US to start this endeavor.

    From Kansas City,
    1500 miles to Google (Pacific ocean)
    1000 miles to Atlantic ocean
    660 miles to Canada
    660 miles to Gulf of Mexico

    And is uniquely situated, split between Kansas and Missouri.

    Really does make for a great statement to grow the broadband infrastructure from the center out.
    • Geographically it may be close to the center, but I suggest that an alternative metric be used to compute the centroid, one that accounts for population density and per-capita network traffic volume. Even so, such a centroid may not be a particularly good candidate for a starting point, in as much as it makes little sense to claim that a good estimate for the roll of a fair six-sided die is 3.5 because that is the expected value of the outcome.

      Cost aside, it would make more sense to build such a network in

    • Kansas City is actually close to the mean center of the U.S. population [wikipedia.org], which is near Springfield, MO.

    • Oh, that's great for us mid-westerners. Next Omaha, Des Moines, St. Louis and Joplin? When Google gets to Denver I am soooooo moving. Imagine, 1GB Internet AND legal weed!
      • 1GB Internet AND legal weed!

        If you're lucky, the download will complete before you forget why you started it.

  • by Jaysyn ( 203771 ) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @05:58AM (#43232495) Homepage Journal

    ... why Cox is buying up all the small CATV systems in Kansas that it can.

  • > the FCC wants to see at least one community in each state with 1 Gigabit home service by 2015.

    Aren't these the same helpers who spent a decade forbidding fiber to the house "to help us"?

  • I see some comments above saying Google can't possible do this and make a profit. I live in a rural area of Sweden and we got fiber to this small area years ago. And yes, we can have 1 GB/s if we pay for it, but it's quite expensive so most people go with 10/100mbit or 100/100mbit. Sure, you won't get 100mbit when downloading from China but you do mostly get it when downloading from Europe (and that means that most torrents download at full speed). 1 GB/s isn't "magic" or "impossible", it's just seems like
  • Admittedly as someone who has not really followed the google fiber thing, what is the catch? Does google get to monitor all of your traffic and pop up ads on your PC or sell that information to advertisers? Do you have to accept their CA so they can also monitor all of your SSL traffic? Do they port-block, or block VPN?

  • Bandwidth is nice and all, but for many uses latency matters more -- any numbers on what that will look like?
  • by westlake ( 615356 ) on Thursday March 21, 2013 @09:55AM (#43233831)

    "If you are one of the lucky 125,000 people who live in Olathe, Kansas, the rest of us congratulate you on your new amazing $70.00/month, 1 GB Google fiber service.

    They can afford it.

    The median income for a household was $61,111, and the median income for a family was $68,498 (these figures had risen to $72,634 and $82,747 respectively as of a 2007 estimate. Males had a median income of $45,699 versus $30,217 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,498. About 2.4% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.

    The median age in the city was 32.9 years. 30% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.1% were from 45 to 64; and 7.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.[2010 Census Data]

    Olathe, Kansas [wikipedia.org]

    The 2012 Median Income of US households was $45,018 per annum.

    Household income in the United States [wikipedia.org]

    Olathe is 20 miles southwest of Kansas City.

    In Kansas City, Google offers three tiers of service. The baseline fiber installation fee is $300, or $25 per month for 12 months. After paying that amount, Kansas City residents are guaranteed seven years of free broadband Internet service at current national âoeaverageâ speeds. The second tier costs $70 per month for the super-fast Internet service, and the top tier, which includes Google's TV service, costs $120 per month. The $300 installation fee is waived for the top two tiers.

    Google Fiber Expanding Superfast Internet Service to Olathe, Kansas [time.com]

  • Please please please get it right:

    1 GB = 1 Gigabyte, a measure of data
    1 Gb/s = 1 Gigabit per second, a measure of data rate
    1 MB = 1 Megabyte, a measure of data
    1 mB = 1 millibyte, a measure of data that doesn't exist

    This isn't grammar, it actually changes the meaning of your useless, ranting post. Get it right!
  • I live in Olathe and we have had fiber to the curb for a few years. I had 25 up/down for a while and downgraded it to 10/10 to save cost. I didn't notice a huge difference other than large files. Of course the difference between 25 and 10 is pretty small maybe with gb I would find new ways to use the internet that I had not considered before.

  • Isn't the high cost the reason so many people hate Comcast, Time Warner, etc? $70 is a lot for Internet, for a business it would be fine but for home use that's way expensive.

  • Meh. Twenty Eight dollars a month for 6Mb/s DSL is good enough for me. I'd go faster but for not much more money. Point is a connection is valuable, but very high bit rates will not make the experience that much better.

    I literally have fiber in my back yard. Thank you SureWest.
    Can choose Comcast. Piss on you Comcast.
    ATT uverse or DSL. Thank you for the good $/bit ratio.
    GOOG fiber is coming soon. Hype and price, no thanks. Though the 300 dollar for 5mb/s service offer is tempting.

    You are parched, how
  • As an Olathe-ite (-ian? whatever) I can't wait. Tired of being Comcasted and Uversed. Preparing to be Googled.
  • There is not yet one inch of Google fiber actually run here in Olathe. I figure minimum 6 months before they start laying it, and several years before it is available to more than a few.

    In that time much can change.

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