Google Fiber schedules first 1 Gbps installations in Kansas City
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is beginning to connect homes and business to its Google Fiber network in Kansas City, which offers download speeds of 1 Gbps.
One of Google's first commercial customers, a group of entrepeneurs that share office space at the KC Startup Village in the city's Hanover Heights section, said in a blog post that they will live stream their installation, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST Tuesday.
While Google also plans to launch a cable TV service in the Kansas City area called Google Fiber TV, the company hasn't said if the installations it has scheduled this week include the subscription video package. A Google spokeperson didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning. Google posted an update about its Google Fiber installations in Kanas City in a blog post Tuesday, which includes a YouTube video about its installation process.
On Monday, Google announced that it had struck a carriage deal with News Corp.'s (Nasdaq: NWSA) Fox Networks which will allow it to carry every cable network that it distributes in the United States, including Fox News Channel, National Geographic Channel, Big 10 Network, BabyTV and FX. While Google has struck similar carriage deals with Disney (NYSE: DIS), Viacom (NYSE: VIA), NFL Network and other programmers, it lacks distribution agreements with HBO and AMC Networks.
Kansas City incumbents Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and AT&T (NYSE: T) will feel the competitive effects of the Google Fiber rollout more than other providers. Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR) and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) also operate systems in parts of the Kansas City metropolitan area where Google plans to launch its subscription video and wideband Internet service.
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