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Encouraging residents here to rally each other, Google on Thursday unveiled the highly anticipated details of its new ultrahigh-speed Internet network, which is supposed to run 100 times faster than typical broadband connections.
The service, known as Google Fiber, will offer residents in selected parts of the metropolitan area in both Kansas and Missouri the option of purchasing the gigabit Internet service for $70 a month or both the Internet and a television service for $120 a month. The TV service, Google said, comes with a Nexus 7 tablet that serves as a remote.
“The next phase of the Internet, the next chapter of the Internet is written here today,” Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer, said in an interview after a presentation that included video demonstrations. Mr. Pichette and other Google executives were noticeably coy about whether the model announced on Thursday would be expanded nationwide. Instead, they said they were focusing on maximizing the product in Kansas City.
Google has divided parts of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., into various “fiberhoods,” and asked people in each of those areas where the service will be available to register, and pay a $10 deposit, if they are interested in acquiring it. The areas that draw the most registrants over the next six weeks will be the first to have access to the service in the fall. All fiberhoods that get enough homes (generally between 40 and 80) to register will get the service by the end of next year.