Media News - Friday, July 27, 2012
Kansas City residents learned on Thursday that the first high-speed citywide network built by Google will bring them not just super-fast Internet, but also full-featured cable-style TV service. Google said in a live announcement that the neighbourhoods that rally the most interest will be the first to get hooked up to Google’s fiber-optic lines, which the company says will offer 1 gigabit-per-second downloads and uploads — far faster (Google says 100 times) than the typical broadband connections now in most U.S. homes. The high speed means Google can compete directly with cable and satellite TV companies. For $120 per month for both TV and internet, residents will get a set-top box that Google says will deliver hundreds of HD channels and tens of thousands of on-demand movies and shows. The service even comes with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, which will serve as the set-top box’s remote. (Wired)
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