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Google Fiber Comes To Kansas City

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the we-have-a-winner dept.

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tekgoblin writes "Remember the campaign Google announced a long while back to bring fiber to your front door? Well, it looks like they are making some actual progress now and launching part of the network in Kansas City, Kansas. The city of Topeka had actually temporarily renamed itself Google, Kansas, the capital city of fiber optics, in a move to get Google to lay fiber there. It seems to have worked, because a deal has just been signed to roll out fiber in the city, which should be available to everyone in the area by 2012."

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What? (5, Informative)

OverlordQ (264228) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669476)

They chose Kansas City, not Topeka, so no it didn't seem to work since they didn't choose Topeka.

Re:Topeka (3, Funny)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669568)

Learn the history of civil rights!

Topeka the court decision "Brown vs. the Board of Education of Google, Kansas"

Oops - no Topeka results found.

Re:What? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669576)

Geography, Americans suck at it.

Re:What? (1, Funny)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669726)

Geography, Americans suck at it.

To be fair, knowing the difference between Topeka and Kansas City is like knowing the difference between the various Zune devices.

Re:What? (1)

farnsworth (558449) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669900)

Geography, Americans suck at it.

To be fair, knowing the difference between Topeka and Kansas City is like knowing the difference between the various Zune devices.

It's not like they were confusing Kansas City, Missouri with Kansas City, Kansas. This isn't even a geography problem -- the two cities have completely different and unambiguous names. It's a string comparison failure.

Re:What? (1)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669958)

Having just consulted a map, it appears that one is 20 miles down the road from the other. It's quite possible that both are going to be covered by the rollout - the article is a little unclear, but seems to support this.

Re:What? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670032)

Having just consulted a map, it appears that one is 20 miles down the road from the other. It's quite possible that both are going to be covered by the rollout - the article is a little unclear, but seems to support this.

It's more like 60. In normal traffic it takes over an hour to do the drive and there's lots of nothin in-between.

I'm a former Kansas City dweller, that's why I started the topic.

Re:What? (2)

NotAGoodNickname (1925512) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670438)

Not sure what map you use but Topeka is about 60 miles from Kansas City, KS.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669966)

Topeka will rename itself anything for a quick cash hit. Didn't they rename themselves Topikachu temporarilly once?

Re:What? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670256)

Togapi would have been cuter. :3

Er... don't you judge me! I've got mod points!

Re:What? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670282)

How do you know how Topeka is named now? Maybe Topeka renamed itself Kansas City.

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670432)

I'm goin' to Kansas City, Kansas City, here I come...
Google's got a crazy way a-lovin' an I wanna get me some
Oh yeah

We're not in Kansas anymore (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669486)

I can tell because the connection is slow :-(

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (4, Funny)

RooftopActivity (1991792) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669692)

Just follow the yellow cable!

Dorothy? (1)

mu51c10rd (187182) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670352)

Do you mean the yellow bricked router connected to the path of malware, trojans, and viruses oh my?

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669838)

I can tell because the connection is slow :-(

In an increasingly wireless world I'm wondering why they're fooling around with physical infrastructure.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669908)

A physical connection is considerably more reliable in my experience.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670984)

A physical connection is considerably more reliable in my experience.

Which is why you continue to develop wireless technology! Make it better, not run away from it!

I remember how impressed I was when a friend was working on technology to improve bandwidth over copper from the 56K baud modems everyone had in the mid 90's. Now you can get blitzed in and use the free wifi which utterly smokes 56K and everyone's taking it for granted!

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (3, Insightful)

MoonBuggy (611105) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669970)

Call me when you get that Gbit wireless working.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (4, Funny)

JTsyo (1338447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670130)

What are you talking about? They already have 4G wireless. 4G!!!!

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670162)

Call me when you get that Gbit wireless working.

Expensive fiber is only used for ground (loop) isolation, lightning protection, or sheer inertia for gig and slower. 10 gig has been the standard for a long time. Off the shelf you're looking at about $300 for a PCI card for a typical server. GBIC transceivers are about $150. Because thats probably well under an order of magnitude cheaper than the labor for the fiber install, it seems pointless to try to "save money" by running 10 meg ethernet over a fiber.

You can't buy 10gig fiber gear at walmart. Today. Outside of Kansas. So far. That is likely to be the big problem, as there is probably a city full of bloatware installed bargain basement $250 PCs, so sticking a $300 card in a $250 PC with no firewall is going to be a bit ... weird.

Anyway let me know when consumer grade 10gigabit wireless is off the shelf. Probably about the time we can buy fiber OC-192 off the shelf at walmart for $5.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670718)

10Gwhat/what?

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

keefus_a (567615) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670858)

Odds are good you'll never see OC-192 gear next to 10-gig cards at WalMart, primarily because OC-192 is a notch SLOWER than 10-gig. Odds are also pretty good that you're not getting 10-gig fiber interfaces on servers for $450.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

SuperSlacker64 (1918650) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670148)

And what does that wireless connection connect to? At some point in the connection, there will always be wires. They're faster and typically more reliable. So even if user devices all connect to the network wirelessly, the access points will almost always be connected phyically somehow.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670238)

You are wondering because your grasp of the situation is limited to SOHO/Home networking it would seem.

Re:We're not in Kansas anymore (1)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670720)

Not even that. There is no way that I would RELY on wireless for my home office. For home use, possibly. Not likely, but possibly. I would let machines in the home or office connect wirelessly to the router that has a wired internet connection, but that is only because in a pinch, I could drag a physical cable from the router to the PC.

I wonder how long (1)

Tigger's Pet (130655) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669488)

it will be before people start slagging off Google for this, questioning their business practices, accusing them of being stooges for the government, claiming that they will just use this to spy on everybody's browsing habits so they can make money from it etc, ad-infinitum, ad nauseum.

Re:I wonder how long (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669560)

isn't that exactly what google is trying to do?

and isn't the point that if you use googles services you accept that?

Re:I wonder how long (1)

theantipop (803016) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669978)

Google tries to making using the internet faster and easier because that generally means more people will use existing Google products that serve ads and mine data. This doesn't mean Android or GoogleISP will be pulling an NSA and DPI-ing every last bit that flows through their devices. And really if you're worried about that, who can you trust because your existing ISP or mobile phone manufacturer can pull the same stunt.

Re:I wonder how long (2)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670024)

Well here is the answer. Can any company be worse than Time Warner and Comcast? I don't think so.

Google Dungeon (4, Funny)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669520)

I have renamed my moms basement to Google's Dungeon. Can I get Google Fiber there?

Re:Google Dungeon (1)

Grygus (1143095) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670386)

Yes, your campaign has worked. Congratulations! You'll find the jack in Kansas City.

how much? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669528)

but the real question is going to be for how much? and how many bits will they let you use before they charge you an arm, leg, and your second born child.

and perhaps the slightly more interesting question.
how many computers in kc have gigabit nics.

now there would be an interesting call to get:
- i'm only getting 100 megabits a second, my connection is 1 gigabit.
- well... your nic can only do 100 megabits.
- so. i'm paying for 1 gigabit. so you get a tech over here and fix your broken connection.

Gigabit NIC (2)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669768)

Every Macbook or iMac for at least the last three years and every Macbook Pro, Mac Pro, G5, Power Mac tower, Powerbook for the last ten years.

Most better PCs have had gigabit NICs for the same period

Re:how much? (2)

muyla (1429487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669904)

I don't think that they would cap the connections, because as far as I have understood, the reason they are doing this is to analyze how people's internet habit will change in the future when gigabit internet is available on most homes. This way they can try to develop new products that will take advantage of this new habits.

Son of a BITCH (1)

Kargan (250092) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669534)

Speaking as someone who lives 10 miles away from KCK, I would just like to say

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

So close! And yet so far.

Re:Son of a BITCH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669580)

It will probably be even worse for you (at least in the short term) as no other company will invest money on broadband infrastructure in that area now.

Re:Son of a BITCH (1)

gid (5195) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669624)

If I were you and a bachelor I'd probably move, waiting for the fiber to actually become available first. Wouldn't be the first time internet speed was a deciding factor on where I lived. :)

Re:Son of a BITCH (0)

kckman (885561) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670070)

I will be enjoying these fruits with aplomb! As a resident of one of the poorest communities in the United States... I say it's our turn :).

Re:Son of a BITCH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670974)

SRSLY. Kansas City, Kansas? That's tiny in comparison with Kansas City, Missouri, where I happen to live. Sucks to be me...

Of course maybe they're piloting it in KCK precisely because it's smaller... bleh. Still sucks to be me.

And I can't move to KCK.

Google Fiber vs. FiOS (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669556)

Can anyone explain the pros and cons of Google fibre vs. FiOS?

Re:Google Fiber vs. FiOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669610)

Google rectifies the humours and relaxes the fibres, unlike that shimshammery of Verizon's.

GOOGLE PATENT BROADBAND, ONLY A PENCE PER KING'S GIGABIT!

Google TiSP (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669612)

This should help:

Google TiSP [google.com]

Re:Google TiSP (1)

rwyoder (759998) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670112)

Whoever rated this "insightful" either did not RTFA, or has a hell of a sense of humor.

Re:Google TiSP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670514)

I Lol'd hard when I read that. Who would have thought the people at Google were that funny?

Re:Google TiSP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670680)

I'm guessing that after signing up for TiSP, you can then sign up for http://www.google.com/romance/.

Re:Google Fiber vs. FiOS (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669762)

Google fibre isn't evil. Says so right on the tin.

Re:Google Fiber vs. FiOS (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670010)

Google is planning on their network to be much faster. The rest are just guesses but I am betting that Googles will be cheaper and have no caps. Plus I am willing to bet that they will not be any throttling of say NetFlix.

Re:Google Fiber vs. FiOS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670108)

According to Wikipedia (since FiOS is not available in my area), the fastest FiOS package is 150Mbps/35Mbps. Google has promised 1Gbps.

As far as cons go, Google will have access to every packet you send or receive, so if you're the kind of person who thinks it's scary that they know everything you've searched for, you'd probably not want to give them that kind of access.

Geographical silliness... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669562)

... and launching part of the network in Kansas City. The city of Topeka had actually temporarily renamed itself Google, Kansas, the capital city of fiber optics, in a move to get Google to lay fiber there. It seems to have worked...

Heh. I'll translate this to more popular city names so everybody can understand the full impact of this statement:

... and launching part of the network in Los Angeles. The city of Sacramento had actually temporarily renamed itself Google, California, the capital city of fiber optics, in a move to get Google to lay fiber there. It seems to have worked...

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669682)

... and launching part of the network in Kansas City. The city of Topeka had actually temporarily renamed itself Google, Kansas, the capital city of fiber optics, in a move to get Google to lay fiber there. It seems to have worked...

Heh. I'll translate this to more popular city names so everybody can understand the full impact of this statement:

... and launching part of the network in Los Angeles. The city of Sacramento had actually temporarily renamed itself Google, California, the capital city of fiber optics, in a move to get Google to lay fiber there. It seems to have worked...

To be fair, Topeka is only like 40 miles from KC, while Sac is closer to 300 miles from LA. But yeah - serious geography fail on the part of the submitter.

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669828)

To be fair, Topeka is only like 40 miles from KC, while Sac is closer to 300 miles from LA.

Off topic: I did wrestle with that for a bit. The problem with '40 miles from LA' is that, in a sense, you're still in the "LA area". So if Ventura (bad example, but bear with me) were renamed to "Google", then LA got the fibre, that'd make sense. Also, that wouldn't be the capital of California. So... if you scale things up a bit, Sac makes more sense... but maybe because I live in LA I wasn't considerate enough for the rest of the readership, here.

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

ReverendLoki (663861) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670440)

Nearest analogy I could think off (though it plays with scale just a wee bit) is to replace Topeka/KCK with Albany/NYC.

/KCMO Here... sooooo close

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

RussellSHarris (1385323) | more than 3 years ago | (#35671004)

... and launching part of the network in Washington DC. The city of Baltimore had actually temporarily renamed itself Google, MD, the capital city of fiber optics, in a move to get Google to lay fiber there. It seems to have worked...

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

barrtender (1930830) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669884)

He may have meant San Fransisco. That's only an hour or so from Sacramento.

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669738)

Looks to me like the .gov of Topeka tried a social ploy. Then H&R Block in Kansas City, Kansas woke up and went all "Sudo Install Here" on them.

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

thelovebus (264467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670326)

H&R Block is actually in Kansas City, Missouri.

Re:Geographical silliness... (1)

morgosmaci (1277138) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669808)

And linking to his own copy of the Google blog adding nothing more than a page full of ads.

Good Choice (5, Interesting)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669588)

Having lived in KC a few years back I can vouch for the need to revitalize the area. If bringing in fiber can help get improved access for schools, libraries and community centers it might just get some the many kids off the streets and away from the crime that is rampant in many of the neighborhoods. KC KS and KC MO are both sort of teetering between cleaning up their act like Chicago or NYC, or falling into hopelessness like Detroit. If improved internet access and the investment it brings can help push that in the right direction I am all for it. Glad to see Google choose an under-served area with as much potential as KC.

Re:Good Choice (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669980)

I think you have it a bit off. First of all I have to wonder if it is 1 GB up and down. If so this would so rock. Keeping the kids off the street and getting them on the internet? I doubt it. What this will do is get businesses to move there. If they keep the cost low imagine how great this would be. Your people want to work from home? No problem they have access to your network and VOIP at full speed over a VPN. You want to start a company? VOIP is now super cheap and you have bandwidth to spare. Got an internet idea? Dude on GB up from your office? No need to pay for hosting! Just put up a server at your office.
Want to do podcasts? Live video streaming? Where I work we are stuck with two crappy DSL lines and we are a software dev firm. No Business class cable in our area. We could do so much with a GB connection.
Some other benefits. Imagine clinics that can be on Hospital networks over a VPN? A local chain with all their stores connected over VPN and all their phone systems connected over VIOP.
Easy video streaming between schools.
All schools being on one centralized managed network over VPNs?
Yes this could do a lot but the "entertainment" value is really a small part of the benefit if any.
BTW the best way to decrease crime is to have jobs. If at anytime you can have a place with a low cost of living, jobs, and a good average wage you will see low crime. It really is that simple. High speed internet really is a great resource for companies and small businesses.

Re:Good Choice (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670144)

Dude on GB up from your office? No need to pay for hosting! Just put up a server at your office.

Agreed, this will be hugely helpful. I don't need Class A server hosting, but I'd gladly rent a $100/mo office and split the bill between 5-10 of my friends for 1gbps unmetered up/down. $33/mo (plus internet connection) for that kind of hosting is a dream come true.

Community impact (2)

glittermage (650813) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669590)

I'm looking forward to the actual community impact of ultra high speed when most areas in USA don't have the same level of service. The regional impacts to Kansas City metro area governments (will they offer competing services?), wireline telcos (AT&T), cable operators (Time Warner, Comcast, SureWest), and other business sectors. The impact to education will be interesting to analyze. If Kansas City KS starts sucking up all the new start ups and attracting a lot more business the surrounding areas will respond quicker to competitive products and services.

Re:Community impact (1)

Aldanga (1757414) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669994)

Hit the nail on the head. I live just south of KCK and the only viable ISPs in the area are Comcast, Time Warner and AT&T. (SureWest is here, but is very limited in their availability.) All of them have caps and very limited speeds. If Google comes in and starts offering unmetered gigabit access to an expanding array of locations, it's only going to benefit the entire area. I've been considering leaving the area once I graduate, mainly due to lack of good Internet speeds and availability, but this will have me thinking twice about staying in Kansas City.

Re:Community impact (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670164)

Just FYI for 'limited availability' you could be a lot worse off. I have a friend in Sacramento Ca who just opened a shop like 10 miles from where Surewest Fiber (Back when it was called WinFirst) opened their doors, and found out he's in a 2 block commercial 'deadspot' that has no access to Surewest, Comcast, ATT, or any of a dozen other ISPs. The irony of this? 2 blocks over is a Datacenter with approx a dozen different providers offering access, and a half mile away is his house, which has access to Surewest, ATT and Comcast (the latter of which he has.).

So what'd he have to do for internet access? HughsNet Satellite for 70/mo with less speed than ATT DSL.

Nice huh?

Topeka's renaming stunt didn't work. (1)

Rolgar (556636) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669606)

As someone in Topeka, it didn't work, since KCK and Topeka are about 45 miles apart, and Topeka won't be benefiting from this.

Maybe it's time to start a coop with the goal of owning the lines that I've been contemplating recently. Doing so will require figuring out what would need to be done to work with the electrical guys to reuse their poles.

Who am I kidding, I don't have the money to start up something like that.

Re:Topeka's renaming stunt didn't work. (1)

Klaruz (734) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669880)

I don't think you'd get a COOP working, but you may be able to get the municipality to do so. You can do that in Kansas, but not Missouri, it's illegal. Same with Nebraska, Texas and Arkansas. The telecoms are actively lobbying to get laws passed in other states as well.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/07/who-supports-city-owned-fiber-networks-the-us-government.ars [arstechnica.com]

The proper thing to do is sit back and wait, the telcos are sitting on a huge pile of money we gave them in the 90s to build these fiber networks, they'll get to your town soon....

Hey Bloomberg !!! (1)

e065c8515d206cb0e190 (1785896) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669644)

Can we please rename New York City to Google, NY ?

Re:Hey Bloomberg !!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669898)

If he did that, then they could go to Poughkeepsie.

Re:Hey Bloomberg !!! (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670600)

Sweet, then Philly will get to be the next city!

This is why bandwith caps don't worry me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669694)

AT&T, Comcast, et. al, can impose all the caps they want for bandwith, with the intention of trying to protect their traditional business model. There are enough large tech companies out there that will step in eventually and take the reigns. it's really hard to an industry to cannibalize their current way of doing things for a future that won't be as good. The record industry and the paper book industry, with the iTunes store and the Kindle marketplace, are prime examples. but someone will fill that gap.

so... (1)

demonbug (309515) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669704)

Does this mean Kansas City is the new porn capital of the world?

KCK =\ KC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669712)

Kansas City, Kansas is a different municipality than Kansas City, Missouri.

Why does this matter? (1)

mmcuh (1088773) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669732)

Are you saying that there are large and medium-sized cities in the US that don't actually have any fibre connections? Or is there something special about Google's fibres?

Re:Why does this matter? (4, Insightful)

dunezone (899268) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669914)

The fiber Google owns is not owned by Comcast, Timer Warner, or Cox.

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

WiiVault (1039946) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669946)

Yes. A lot of cities have fiber not available to the vast majority of the citizens of the state. I live in the capital of an middle-sized state and don't have any fiber option at my home at all.- and I live 2.5 miles for a fairly sizable downtown of in a city of 2.5 million or so.

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670228)

Yes. A lot of cities have fiber not available to the vast majority of the citizens of the state. I live in the capital of an middle-sized state and don't have any fiber option at my home at all.- and I live 2.5 miles for a fairly sizable downtown of in a city of 2.5 million or so.

For residential. I'd be willing to bet that you've got a hybrid fiber coax install for your cabletv, and business accounts can connect to spare fibers in the HFC network. They ran 12 pair to your neighborhood node for a reason, not just because they like 11-times redundancy (or 96 pair or whatever).

Re:Why does this matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670034)

Are you saying that there are large and medium-sized cities in the US that don't actually have any fibre connections? Or is there something special about Google's fibres?

Le gasp! Next you'll tell me that there are places in the US that don't have free wifi coverage!

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670090)

Are you saying you have fiber in your city? You can see the locations where there IS an affordable home fiber option here: http://www.dslreports.com/gmaps/fios [dslreports.com]

I would say fiber is available to ~1% of the US population (if that). 80% of the US population live in urban (densely populated) areas but only 50% of the US population can get broadband (defined as anything faster than a single line ISDN).

Re:Why does this matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670670)

Are you saying you have fiber in your city? You can see the locations where there IS an affordable home fiber option here: http://www.dslreports.com/gmaps/fios/quote> [dslreports.com]

Believe it or not, Verizon isn't the only option. I've got fiber from EPB. We're rocking 30 minimum on up to 1 gig.

No I don't know why anybody would want to have a 1 gig pipe in their home.

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670944)

You fail/b> at closing tags!

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

mmcuh (1088773) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670872)

I'm not in the US.

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670128)

Or is there something special about Google's fibres?

Forget Google fiber. Go with Monster Cables. I've been petitioning the Oberbürgermeister in my city to get wired with Monster Cables. You can really hear the difference. Really!

However, the Oberbürgermeister has insinuated, that I might be out of my tiny little mind. When I asked if he could change the name of the city from Heidelberg to Google, he inquired if I am getting proper psychiatric care.

But really! The Internet sounds better over Monster Cables!

Re:Why does this matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670156)

Well, they seem to suggest a faster connection than what AT&T is currently offering me with their uVerse option for Internet (I could go with COMCAST which is my only other choice, but I hate COMCAST with a passion and will never use them again.)

I wouldn't mind Google Fiber come to my neighborhood and say "Hey, would you like 1Gbps?" My reply would be, "hell yes!!!" Especially if they will offer it for a affordable price and no usage cap. AT&T raised their prices, going introduce a monthly usage cap, and it seems like their speed is always a lot less than what I'm paying for in the first place.

Re:Why does this matter? (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670196)

Are you saying that there are large and medium-sized cities in the US that don't actually have any fibre connections?

I'm pretty sure we're talking about fiber to the home.

Hell, my workplace is located across the street from my state's capitol building, and I'd kill for fiber to the home in the area.

Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35669860)

Seems like a lot of unnecessary hoopla over a cereal

1 Gb connection?? (1)

PumpkinDog (1253988) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669886)

Gonna use up that 250GB internet cap pretty quick :P

Sprint? (1)

zoid.com (311775) | more than 3 years ago | (#35669918)

All of the rumors over the years of Google buying Sprint and now Google builds out the GoogleNet in sprints front yard.... Hmmm.....

Re:Sprint? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670232)

It's flat there, and the soil is loose. If I were burying miles of stuff, that's where I'd start, too.

Re:Sprint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670476)

Watching the announcement the guy from Google specifically said that one benefit of KCK is it has a lot of buried conduit already in place, which makes it even easier for them to make fiber runs.

Re:Sprint? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35671038)

and the soil is loose

Um, the soil is mostly clay...

Corporatetown, USA (1)

WonderingAround (2007742) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670020)

I would like to see this happen for McDonald's, fattest town in the US gets renamed!

KCK is ghetto, they should have put this in KCMO (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670170)

KCK is ghetto, they should have put this in KCMO. KCK is an industrial suburb of KCMO. It's very run down with factories and what not although it has a new mall and speedway. KCMO is the big city, not KCK. That's where all the big companies and skyscrapers are and it's way bigger than KCK too. I have family in KC and KCK is to KCMO as Garry is to Chicago.

Cable companies. (1)

Viewsonic (584922) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670222)

Are probably pooping their pants right now. All their monthly limits trying to put Netflix and Hulu out of business. Once this takes off and becomes the norm, most TV will be over IP. AESOMESMERIOJFRIHBFUHFFF

Re:Cable companies. (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670298)

Are probably pooping their pants right now.

Most have HFC networks, meaning they have fat fibers to the phone poles in the neighborhoods. They just run RG6 into the house instead of fiber. Now, anyway. They do happily run fiber into businesses.

I wonder if GOOG will actually be getting municipal permission to hang/bury their own fiber or will just make the cableco / telco rich by renting their local loops.

Everything's Up To Date in Kansas City (2)

Maclir (33773) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670336)

They've gone about a fur as they can go.

you people are confused. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35670390)

People. This is Kansas City, Kansas. Not Kansas City, Missouri. There is a huge difference between the two. KCK is an industrial suburb of KCMO. The “big city” part of KC is in Missouri. KCMO is like Denver or Cleveland or St Louis etc. KCK is like Gary or East St Louis or Camden.

Optics (1)

Em Adespoton (792954) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670668)

Hmm... Fiber in Kansas... for some reason I have "Somewhere over the Rainbow" going through my head....

Re:Optics (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 3 years ago | (#35670948)

Hmm... Fiber in Kansas... for some reason I have "Somewhere over the Rainbow" going through my head....

That's odd, because I was thinking that they had crazy little women there and Google was going to them some.

Re:Optics (1)

dirtydog (51697) | more than 3 years ago | (#35671000)

Perhaps, but they'd get lost looking for 12th St and Vine...

Kansas City, Kansas != "Kansas City" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35671030)

Generally, the "Kansas City" everybody refers to when they say "Kansas City" or "KC" is Kansas City, Missouri...not Kansas City, Kansas. KCK is to KCMO what East Saint Louis (Saint Louis, IL) is to Saint Louis, MO..and I'm sure there's plenty of other examples you can cook up. I'm intrigued by even the number of people in the general region (midwest) who get this wrong (especially people from Chicago :P). On top of that Topeka Kansas IS NOT KANSAS CITY, (KS|MO). It's about an hour's drive west of the metropolitan area. While the greater KC area may experience a boost from KCK's rising bandwidth tide, I doubt Topeka would experience enough right off to consider itself victor in the Google Fiber competition.

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