Will Google’s (GOOG) quest for domination never end? The search engine/smartphone/information giant has dived into the cable/internet provider field, and make everyone else look foolish while doing it.
Google Fiber is not too far away.
Google will be bringing fiber optic information services to the nation, starting with Kansas City. The service is boasting internet speeds 100x faster than what is in existence (1000mps vs the current 10mps). The cable service will provide hundreds of high definition channels along with internet based services like youtube and Netflix directly to your television. The high definition should be even more impressive than it is at current levels thanks to a network with more bandwith than other companies.
Google Fiber will be able to record 8 shows at the same time in the cloud (Goggle Drive) or your DVR (a two terabyte storage box provided by Google). The cloud will allow you to access all of those programs across multiple devices at any time anywhere and the storage box will be integrated with your home network. And forget a remote, just use your Nexus 7 tablet to control, well, everything (tablet free with subscription).
How to Get It
Right now Google is keeping its talents in Kansas City. People in the area need to rally their community together and whoever tallies the most interest, gets Fiber.
After that process you choose your service. Gigabit internet and TV is $120 a month, just the internet service is $70 a month, and both of these services waive a $300 construction fee.
So who pays the $300 fee? That would be the users of free Internet. That’s right, FREE. Google will provide access to the internet through their network via a one time hit for $300 or $25 a month for a year. The free internet will not be the gigabit speed offered to monthly customers, but it does connect them to Google’s fiber optic network at no cost after the $300.
So the way I see it, Google is going to give the internet to people at a loss and then capitalize on the increase in users on their search engine. This will not be the top speed internet.
Check out the video below, let us know what you think. This could change the way we get our information.
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So what does this mean for other service providers over the next few years?
By all indicators it looks like, if you can afford it, Fiber is going to be better than what’s currently available. This has the potential to really shift markets and shake up R&D in competing firms.
The internet provider landscape will definitely be in store for major changes now that Google Fiber has upped the game.
With that in mind, here’s a more detailed list including links for Google and competing companies that should have some interest in Fiber:
3. Telephone & Data Systems Inc. (TDS, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in the United States. Market cap at $2.54B, most recent closing price at $23.40.
4. AT&T, Inc. (T, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides telecommunication services to consumers, businesses, and other service providers worldwide. Market cap at $212.83B, most recent closing price at $36.30.
6. Time Warner Inc. (TWX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $36.81B, most recent closing price at $38.35.
8. Dish Network Corp. (DISH, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides direct broadcast satellite (DBS) subscription television services in the United States. Market cap at $13.48B, most recent closing price at $29.96.
(Written by Ryan Horch)
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