April 25, 2014
Google Considers Wi-Fi Networks as Google Fiber Spreads
By David Gutbezahl
TMCnet Contributing Writer
If you feel as if your Internet options are just not fast enough to fill your needs, Google (News - Alert) may be a new option for you. Google has been working on setting up its own Internet service, with plans to lay the foundations for Google Fiber in 34 cities across the United States. The new service is reported to have the ability to send 1gb of data per second, a rate considered 100 times faster than those connections provided to the average American consumer.
As the company works on setting up Google Fiber, it has also been discussing the possibility of setting up Wi-Fi networks throughout these cities. A document has been sent out by Google to residents of cities they are considering bringing Google Fiber to in 2015. This document has expressed Google’s interest in setting up a Wi-Fi network, with Google stating that it is "discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process."
Further details regarding the possible Wi-Fi networks have not been released, as it seems that Google is still in an early planning stage. When asked by reporters about the Wi-Fi plans, Google only expressed a wish to see Wi-Fi in all 34 cities, but that nothing is set to be announced just yet.
Google sent out a document requesting information regarding each city so that it can plan implementation, and see if creating a fiber optic system in the city would even be a worthwhile endeavor. These cities have until May 1 to respond to the document.
Once Google does confirm a city for receiving Google Fiber, the company will begin building huts to house the main network equipment. From these huts Google will run fiber optic cables to neighborhood boxes, each servicing from 288 to 587 homes.
Google Fiber has already been launched in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, and another network is currently being set up in Austin, Texas.
For cities that do get Google Fiber, residents will be able to receive their ultra-high-speed Internet connection for $70 a month. As with many Internet providers, the Internet service can also be bundled with a television service. For $120 they will receive Fiber TV Service, which will come with 200 television channels.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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