Facts about Google Fiber

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There’s nothing Nerds love more than fast internet access everywhere, so that’s why we’ve been excited to follow Google Fiber. They’ve just announced they’ll be expanding to a new city, so we thought we’d take the time to share a little bit about the service with you.

Google Fiber is a project by Google to implement a fiber-optic network throughout an entire city, providing high-speed internet access anywhere. Google offers three options for people fortunate enough to be in one of the few cities where the network is implemented.

The first option is free, following Google’s usual approach to their products. There’s a one-time $300 construction fee to hook up the network to your house, but after that it’s free. The speed of this plan is five megabits a second, which is just below the average internet speed in America. You can’t beat free!

The second option is $70 a month, with no construction fee. The speed of this option clocks in at one gigabit a second, more than ten times faster than the average internet speed. It also comes with a one terabyte Google Drive, which will allow you to store and access your files from any of your devices using the Google Drive service.

The most expensive option includes television service as well, and comes with two terabytes of DVR storage, as well as a Nexus 7 Tablet. It costs $120 a month.

As enticing as these options are however, the service is only available in a few cities at the time of writing. The first, Kansas City, was installed in July of 2012. Since then Google has announced that they will expand the service to Olathe, Kansas; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah.

The choice of these cities was decided by an online selection process, but some cities took their plea to the next level. Greenville, South Carolina used people holding glowsticks to spell out “Google,” visible from the sky. Topeka, Kansas temporarily renamed itself “Google,” and an island in Sarasota, Florida was renamed “Google Island.”

Nerds are excited to see this hyper-fast internet, as well as free internet spread over the world. And we like to see  using their computers more. After all, more people with computers means more people will need computer repair!