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Google Fiber to launch next week

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Google (s goog) just sent out invitations to a “special event” in Kansas City on July 26 which is undoubtedly the launch of its much-anticipated fiber-to-the-home network. The search giant sent an invite Tuesday that reads, “We would like to invite you to a special announcement about Google Fiber and the next chapter of the Internet.”

The timing jibes with the Google’s statements about a planned summer launch and sources who told me the network would launch at the end of next week. Google announced plans to build the gigabit network back in February of 2010 and thousands of municipalities competed to be the future home of the planned network. In March, it selected Kanas City as the first location for Google Fiber.

Google said it wanted to build out the network so it could see what people might do with a full gigabit connection, but I also think this is Google’s answer to the ISP’s continued whining about how much networks cost to operate and how providers like Google or Netflix (s nflx) should pay them for delivering traffic across the ISP’s networks.

Soon, Google will have real data on what it costs to build and operate a wireline network — and in typical Google fashion I expect we’ll hear about how it has driven those costs down by building or adapting gear in a way traditional ISPs haven’t. Hopefully at the event we’ll also learn more on what Google plans to charge for access to the network as well as if it plans to share it with other ISPs.

And clearly ISPs are worried. Just last week, we reported that Time Warner Cable — a Kansas City ISP — had placed posters around its headquarters asking employees to provide any information they hear about Google fiber. I wonder if anyone there got an invite to the Google event.

14 Responses to “Google Fiber to launch next week”

  1. RainMaker

    I spoke with a tech guy from one of the local telco companies when he came to my house a while back for repair work and he told me that Google fiber was going to be wireless to the household. He said the work they had to do was really getting the towers all up and running. If 4G Advanced can do 1G down and 500M up (per Wikipedia – I know this may be incorrect) I suppose it could be possible.

  2. About time, good for google, we have been strung along on the ‘artificial scarcity’ false model for so long now… reminds me of when, back in the early 1990’s when Intel crushed all competition and kept CPU prices artificially high with no moors law increase in performance…then AMD stole Intels lunch!!!!

  3. This is great progress. Lets just hope Google doesn’t find the operations cost and task associated with running a communications company too overwhelming.

    There is certainly more to it than great technology.

    However, If they can be successful here, telcos are going to have a much harder time explaining why they always seem to be dragging their feet. Go Google!

    • Michel LeaveMeAlone

      al….it takes competent professionals to pull something like that off, which is why it WILL work for Google and why traditional ISP’s have an problem….they don’t hire and maintain competent professionals….because they COST more!

    • Disaster? My gigabit-capable (100/100 currently) single-mode, point-to-point fiber connection that is connected to the ‘net through one of the top ISPs in the nation (XMission), costing almost half of what Comcast used to charge me for a faction of the bandwidth, and is ultra-reliable.. this is a disaster? I’d love to see what a success looks like! UTOPIA is doing great, now that they have fought off the lobbying and propaganda from the incumbents (Comcast/Qwest/Centurylink).

  4. Harry Crumb

    I hope they are using this occasion to to highlight how unreasonable the cable offerings are. They could play up how their offer required no other bundled services, did not limit or slow down traffic based on source of it, and of course delivered higher bandwidth, higher usage caps (if any), and lower costs. Super bonus points if it also includes WiFi access in the Kansas area, which would really be the killing blow… its the limited mobile bandwidth that is most backwards of all.

  5. Paul Gilbert

    I thought Google was doing something to keep us all regular. Sorry. Perhaps Google should send a special invitation to the people over at Time Warner.