With Google’s roll out, we all wish we had the connection.
Google has been rolling out fiber to Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Those were the 2 cities which were selected as the starting point for Google’s effort. And now, Google is taking preregistrations for those neighborhoods along with coming up with a new term called fiberhoods. And those neighborhoods with the highest preregistrations will be the first ones to get fiber to their homes with the exceedingly fast performance speeds. Obviously there are going to be costs for getting this service, but Google has done a great job of putting together some packages to benefit everyone.
They have created the fiber.google.com web site where you can go to get all the information you need. For those who do not want to have the very fast speeds, but just plan free internet, you pay the $300 installation cost and you get much slower speeds than gigabit for free. This would be more like standard DSL. For $70 per month, there is no installation cost and you get data only at gigabit speeds. For $120 per month, you get TV added on. A little less than I pay for Comcast with data, but it would be at gigabit speeds for data. Sounds like heaven, but it is not going to happen for a long time.
Unless you get services from Verizon to your home for FIOS, fiber to your home is a long ways off. Google will probably be working on this for the rest of the year on these 2 cities and probably much longer. They are then going to have to pick the next cities where they are going to be rolling out fiber. And getting fiber to your home takes a lot of work. There is the installation headaches of running fiber into your home or apartment, getting the new cabling in place and the necessary new equipment. And that is after they run it down your street. All of which takes time.
That is after all the regulatory hurdles that have to be completed in order to begin the construction process. The bottom line is that it will be many years before many of us see fiber. The construction problems of getting fiber delivered in a city has to meet current regulations, which is a lot of places means all the cabling goes underground. That adds time to the process. Even if it is above ground and can be attached to existing overhead power poles, the work effort is not simple and is time consuming.
In Sebastopol, CA, Sonic.net, a local ISP, is rolling out fiber in a few block area in the town, but to roll it out to most of the town will probably take years. They provide services to many communities, including San Francisco. And their blog has questions from people asking when they can get the service. There is a lot of interest, but a lot of hurdles to the process.
Most of us would love to have gigabit Internet, but it will be at least 5 years before we see any wide spread roll outs of the fantastic speeds for fiber.