Monday, 26 August 2013

Fiber for Merriam, Kansas

Merriam, Kansas just became the newest Google Fiber city, following a vote at tonight’s city council meeting. We want to hook up Merriam residents as soon as possible, but we still need to plan our network and start construction before we can start installations. We’ll let you know when we’re ready to open signups here on our blog and via social media.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Leawood, Kansas Approves Fiber

Tonight, the Leawood, Kansas City Council voted to become the 14th Kansas City-area community to bring Google Fiber to their residents. We look forward to bringing service to Leawood, but there’s quite a bit of planning and construction work to do before we can actually start hooking up homes. As soon as we have more information about signups and installations in Leawood, we’ll post it here

Thursday, 15 August 2013

The latest on our plans for Provo

In July, we completed our agreement with the City of Provo, and we’re working hard to hit our goal of getting our first Google Fiber customers hooked up before the end of the year. Between now and October we’re focusing on a couple of key areas of work.

First — and many might argue, most importantly — we’re working to upgrade the existing fiber network in Provo to be Gigabit-ready. Secondly, we’re spending a lot of time talking with property managers and owners of large apartment building and condominiums. Planning for and installing Google Fiber in these big buildings takes a lot of time, so if you manage a building with 5 or more units, we’d love to start chatting with you now — please get in touch with us!

We also have new information for you on how much Google Fiber will cost in Provo. When we start sign-ups, all customers will be able to choose from one of three plans:

  • Free Internet. Get today’s basic broadband speeds (up to 5 Mbps download, 1 Mbps upload) for free for at least the next seven years.
  • Gigabit Internet. Connect to the web at speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband (up to 1 Gbps download and upload) for $70/month.
  • Gigabit Internet + TV. Get 100 times faster Internet plus hundreds of HD channels. Record up to 8 shows at once and store up to 500 hours of HD content on your Storage Box for $120/month.

Each of these plans will require a one-time $30 construction fee which you’ll pay when you choose your plan (for single family homes) or your landlord will pay after they sign an agreement with us to wire up your apartment/condo.

For current Veracity customers in single-family homes — we want you to know that nothing changes for you yet. You can continue to use your service as you do today. Later this year, you’ll have the option of becoming a Google Fiber customer and the option to sign up for any of the services listed above.

To stay up to date on any new developments, you can sign up for our Provo email list on our website.

Thanks for all of the interest; we’ll talk more in the fall!

More Movies and TV Shows on Demand

If you’re looking for a specific movie or TV show to watch tonight, chances are increasingly good that you’ll be able to find it using your Google Fiber TV service.

Yesterday, we launched VUDU right on our Fiber TV Box. VUDU is an on-demand video service that subscribers can use to rent or purchase movies and TV shows — and combined with Netflix and our Google Fiber Video on Demand Library, Google Fiber customers now have access to one of the largest on-demand collections of movies and TV Shows. You can access all of this great content under the “More tab on our TV menu.

We’re also updating the Google Fiber mobile app to support VUDU — now it will be easier than ever to search for, discover and watch thousands of movies and shows on your Android or iPhone.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Support for Kansas City Nonprofits Working to Close the Digital Divide

This morning, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, on behalf of several local funders including Google Fiber and the Sprint Foundation, announced a brand-new fund aimed at closing the digital divide here in Kansas City. The Kansas City Digital Inclusion Fund will support local nonprofits and community organizations that will help Kansas City residents learn about and take full advantage of the web.

Leaders of successful digital inclusion projects in other cities joined Kansas City nonprofit leaders to share lessons learned in their work.

We’re proud to be one of many local supporters of this first-of-its-kind grant program in Kansas City. As we’ve worked throughout the community, we’ve heard some incredible ideas from nonprofits and leaders who want to do amazing things to increase digital literacy in KC. We’ve also heard from them that they need more resources (funding, computers, staffers, etc.) to execute and scale their work.

Now, these community groups can apply for grants to fund their work to help Kansas Citians get online; get access to more affordable computers; learn how to apply for jobs; teach kids how to do research on the web; teach classes on how to compare health care options online and much more. We know Kansas City nonprofits have what it takes to make a big impact, and we can’t wait to see what projects they come up with.

If you’re a local nonprofit, you can apply now, or attend one of the upcoming informational sessions (listed below). Grant applications are due before 5 p.m. CST on September 27, and recipients will be announced in early November.

  • Wednesday, August 28, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch, RSVP here
  • Thursday, September 12, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Community Foundation’s downtown office, RSVP here

Monday, 5 August 2013

Fiber for Prairie Village, Kan.

Tonight, the Prairie Village, Kansas City Council voted to bring Fiber to their city. Prairie Village residents have been asking for Fiber for awhile, and we can’t wait to bring it to them in the future; as soon as we have more information about timing, we’ll post it right here.

Send Your Kids Back to School with Google Fiber

New books, new classrooms, new teachers, new subjects—and a new ultra fast Internet connection! This year, you can help your kids learn at home by signing up for Google Fiber and giving them access to the Internet at speeds that are up to 100 times faster than today’s average broadband.

Today, we’re announcing new deadlines for twenty-eight more fiberhoods. If you live in one of the fiberhoods listed below, visit our website ASAP to choose your Fiber plan. If you’re not sure which plan is right for you, drop by the Fiber Space or check out our Mobile Google Fiber Space out and about in KC.

Maple Hill - Thursday, September 5
Highland Park - Thursday, September 5
West Waldo - Thursday, September 5
Western Hills - Thursday, September 5
West Plaza South - Thursday, September 5
Scarritt Pt North - Thursday, September 5

Boone Hills - Thursday, September 12
Santa Fe Hills - Thursday, September 12
Eastern 49-63 - Thursday, September 12
Leeds/ Dunbar - Thursday, September 12
Plaza Westport - Thursday, September 12
Lea Manor - Thursday, September 12

Cambridge Circle - Thursday, September 19
Shawnee DR - Thursday, September 19
Strawberry Hill - Thursday, September 19
Noble Prentis - Thursday, September 19
William White - Thursday, September 19
Riverview Park - Thursday, September 19
Wyandotte High Sch - Thursday, September 19
Welborn Park - Thursday, September 19
Quindaro - Thursday, September 19

Parkwood Park - Thursday, September 26
Downtown - Thursday, September 26
Rosedale Arch - Thursday, September 26
Pearson School - Thursday, September 26
Armourdale - Thursday, September 26
Pendleton Heights - Thursday, September 26
Southmoreland - Thursday, September 26

Thursday, 1 August 2013

SPORTS!

The MLB is racing towards the postseason, the NFL preseason kicks off this weekend, and college football teams across America are hitting the practice fields. In other words, it’s almost the (arguably) best season for sports, and we’re ready to give you access to all of the sports content you can watch. Today, we’re launching our new Sports Plus package, currently featuring 12 networks all for $10/month (plus tax).

The Sports Plus package options and pricing will vary slightly depending on which Fiber city you live in. Regardless, we’ll have you covered, whether you fancy fishing, fighting, football, fútbol, fastballs or almost anything in between.

For our Kansas City customers, that means you can get:


NFL RedZone
MLB Network Strike Zone
Longhorn Network
TVG
Pac-12 Networks (7 channels)
GolTV (English Only)
Fight Now TV
Outside TV
One World Sports
World Fishing Network
HRTV
Universal Sports Network

You can sign up for the Sports Plus package starting now. If you already have Fiber service installed in your home, you can call customer service 24/7 at 877-777-7550 to have the package added. Folks who don’t have Fiber yet can sign up for the package on our website.