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Google to offer super fast Internet service in U.S. city

07-27-2012 06:40 BJT

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Google on Thursday disclosed that it would charge 70 dollars a month for a super fast Internet service that will be made available in September in Kansas City region involving both U.S. states of Kansas and Missouri.

With the much coveted service, named Google Fiber, subscribers can enjoy Internet connections at the speed of up to 1 gigabit per second -- about 100 times faster than a basic cable modem, according to a blog post by Milo Medin, Google's vice president of access services, announcing the new ultrafast service.

The 70-dollar fee is more than what cable or phone companies charge for basic Internet service, but the service is also much faster.

For another 50 dollars each month, Google will provide cable-TV- like service over the fiber, plus a free Nexus tablet computer that functions as a remote control.

Google said it would only start linking up households in neighborhoods where a sufficient number of people want service. Kansas City residents have six weeks to pre-register for service, after which Google will decide which areas have enough interest. It will also offer a slower Internet option, at a speed of 5 megabits per second, with no monthly fee to households that pay an installation fee.

"Access speeds have simply not kept pace with the phenomenal increases in computing power and storage capacity that's spurred innovation over the last decade, and that's a challenge we're excited to work on," said Medin in the blog post.

"No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web," he added.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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