Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been pushing out its Google Fiber project in a very aggressive way about Kansas City, there is little doubt. What seemed to be just an experiment might be turning into something more permanent – broadband cable and Internet speeds of up on 1-gigabit per second. What was a quaint little project about a year ago has been growing thanks to some magic deal that the company reaches with Kansas City and other surrounding towns and cities.
The charm is apparently working, because now Google Fiber is crossing the state line into the Show-Me State. Guess Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) showed, and it was liked. It is reported that Grandview, Missouri, a city directly south of Kansas City and on the current boundary of the Google Fiber project, has agreed to allow Google to build out its fiber-optic infrastructure into the city and begin offering the ultra-high-speed cable and Internet service to its residents.
There are no details about the agreement that the city reached with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), but the company admits that it will not be able to build into Grandview until it has finished its build-out in Kansas City, but Grandview is the latest in line behind recent additions Shawnee and Baytown in Kansas.
However, these new cities and towns signing on do make it seem like there is a demand for this level of broadband speed, which is believed to be as much as 100 times aster than what is currently being offered by other Internet service providers. Google is expected to begin building a fiber network around Provo, Utah, in the near future after it bought some fiber infrastructure that the city already had in place. The next major starting point for a fiber network is expected to be Austin, Texas.
This attention paid to gigabit service is not going unnoticed or rejected by everyone in the industry, apparently. This new phenomenon, which isn’t so new in parts of Asia and Europe which have this broadband speed in place already. There is a report that a small ISP company in New England is offering this same broadband speed and service for $35 a month.
What are your thoughts about Google Fiber? Is there a sustainable market and demand for this type of Internet speed, and will this move Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) immediately to the front of the line in terms of ISPs in America? Should this be the company’s ultimate focus as a tech company? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.