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Google Now Laying Fiber for Super-Fast Internet

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Kansas City is receiving the first dose of Google Fiber, the search engine giant's 1 Gbps fiber optic network.

Monday in a blog, Google said that it is finally installing "thousands of miles of" fiber optic cable for its super-fast "Google Fiber" network. The lines will be installed between Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, creating a solid backbone which later will branch out to all Kansas City consumers on both sides of the state line, providing download speeds more than 100 times faster than current broadband solutions.

"Each cable contains many thin glass fibers, each about the width of a human hair," Kevin Lo, the Google executive heading up the project. "We’ll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone -- a completely new high speed infrastructure."

The Kansas City Star reports that the project was stalled by the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities over issues about where Google would attach the fiber optic cables to their poles. The BPU is owned by the Unified Government of Wyandotte County who penned the original agreement that gave the Google Fiber project a green light.

The agreement, according to the paper, said that Google would install its cable in the upper portion of the utility pole, a reserved space normally used by electrical lines. This space is free to use, but would cost Google extra to pay for more specialized and highly paid linemen to install the lines. Google was also faced with costlier engineering work by mounting its network in the upper region.

But typically telephone and cable companies attach their lines on the lower end and pay fees for using that space. These fees help defray the cost of erecting and maintaining the poles. Google eventually chose to take this route and pay the fees instead of sticking with the original agreement. The estimated difference in cost between the two regions was not provided.

When officially launched, Google's network will provide speeds of 1 Gbps -- about 100 times faster than existing broadband services currently providing Internet access to homes nationwide. Uploads of data to the Internet will move at the same speed, or 1000 times that of the current U.S. residential average.

"We’ve measured utility poles; we’ve studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we’ve come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we’re ready to lay fiber," Kevin Lo said.

Time to move to Kansas City.

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    DavC , 7 February 2012 21:28
    cant beat a news article that focus's on the charging to use different parts of utility poles in a city in America!

    But still, gigabit internet speeds up and down... that would be nice!
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    shanky887614 , 7 February 2012 21:35
    yeah. except people working from home

    who can connect to there office server at about 300kbps
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    Anonymous , 8 February 2012 01:08
    jesus christ that's amazing. GIVE ME SOME!
    thats like the future of tech coming at least 8 years early.... one gigabyte... Per second?
    consider my mind well and truly blown.
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    shanky887614 , 8 February 2012 03:29


    gbps = gigabit per second

    8 bits = a byte

    so 8gbs is 1gigabyte

    most internet speed is 8mb or 1MB (megabyte) mb=megabits mB/MB = megabytes

    50mb = 6.25MBps
    100mb = 12.5MBps
    1gbps = 125MBps

    internet service give you speeds in megabits because it sounds better

    80mb sounds better than 10. and 1gbps sounds better than 125MB
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    Anonymous , 8 February 2012 15:19
    My ISP use "fiber-to-the-home". I receive internet, TV and phone via the fiber.
    My optics converter supports 1gbps. But guess what. Nor my CPU or my hard drive can handle it.
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    skaz , 8 February 2012 18:26
    To bad they couldn't lay their lines in the ground instead. Much safer from the elements and bad drivers.