Posted by Rachel Hack, Google Fiber Community Manager
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!
Posted by Michael Slinger, Director of Business Operations, Google Fiber
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.
Posted by Sarthak Ray, Google Fiber Product Manager
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
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
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:
MLB Network Strike Zone
Pac-12 Networks (7 channels)
GolTV (English Only)
Fight Now TV
One World Sports
World Fishing Network
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.
Posted by Indranil Chakraborty, Product Manager, Google Fiber