Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) said Thursday that in Kansas City it will sell both wideband Internet access and cable-TV programming, charging subscribers $120 monthly for a package that includes a 1 GB Internet connection, hundreds of high-definition networks and a Nexus 7 tablet computer that will operate as a remote control for its cable service.
Google detailed how to get its fiber in a video on its site (Screencap: google.com/fiber)
The Internet giant said it will launch the Google Fiber TV product in neighorhoods in Kansas City that show the most interest.
"We're going to deploy our network where there is enough interest, and we're going to deploy soonest in areas where there is the most interest," Google Access general manager Kevin Lo said at a launch event in Kansas City. Google will challenge incumbents Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and AT&T (NYSE: T) in Kansas City.
Google executives demonstrated how the Google Fiber TV product will allow subscribers to navigate cable programming with voice controls, noting that the technology would allow a 5-year-old to search for Sesame Street.
In addition to the $120 package, Google said it will market a $70 standalone Internet service in Kansas City that will deliver speeds of up to 1 gigabyte per second.
Google will charge subscribers a $300 "construction fee" to connect their homes to its fiber network, but said it will waive the fee to customers that sign a two-year contract.
The Google Fiber TV product comes with gateway devices containing eight tuners, and will allow subscribers to record of to 500 hours of high-definition programing on a device that comes with 2 terabytes of storage, Lo said.
Google said subscribers can order the product at Google.com/fiber. It didn't say where it will launch the product in Kansas City first, or exactly when it will debut.
- see this Google blog post
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