Google Begins Installing Fiber In Kansas City Homes

In an announcement published on the Google Fiber blog, the company is now prepared to begin installing its Fiber connections into people’s homes.

After months of building a brand new Fiber infrastructure, we’re excited to announce that today we’re officially starting to connect homes in Kansas City to Google Fiber.

This is super exciting, especially if you remember way back in 2010 when this all started, and Google held the “contest” to see which city was most deserving of this awesome Internet hookup. And now, it’s ready to rock, even despite some delays along the way.

I really hope that Google is considering expanding its fiber network across the country, or at the very least, somehow gets ISP’s to offer the same speeds at reasonable prices. Google is offering speeds 100 times faster than what most people have, speeds that are up to 1Gbit per second. I don’t know about you, but that makes me super jealous and I’m in the 1% of Internet users within the US.

This is also great for businesses and startups, and Venturebeat is reporting that many new startups have moved into the area because of Google Fiber. A very exciting time for everyone.

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  1. I’ve been like a kid in a candy store the last few days searching around the internet learning more about how the google fiber optic network actually works.

    All indications suggest that is is still a passive optical network similar to the one used by Verizon fios. the main differences are that google choose to pay higher licensing fees for Television services by delivering all of its content over IP.

    Verizon uses a different fiber optic frequency for TV services which is converted back into analog signals at the Optical Network Terminal installed at the customers home.

    The main advantage to google going a fully IP route is that it reduces equipment cost and greatly reduces the complexity of the network. It also means that more spectrum on the fiber optic cable can be used for internet connectivity thus allowing google to not only provide gigabit internet speeds now but also allows them plenty of headroom to expand its speed offerings in the future.

    To give you an idea of the simplified setup of google fiber vs. verizon fios here’s a list of the different components required to offer each service.


    Fiber optic cable split to 16 homes.
    An large optical network terminal on the outside of each home.
    A battery backup for the ONT to provide voice services during a power outage.
    Ethernet or COAX from the ONT to the actiontech router.
    An actiontech router to deliver wireless and wired internet access.

    Fiber optic cable split to 2 homes.
    An extremely small optical network terminal placed inside the home.
    Ethernet from the ONT (Fiber plug) to the actiontech router.
    A google branded actiontech router to deliver wireless and wired internet access.

    The main reason that googles hardware is so much smaller and cheaper is because it doesn’t have to deal with converting telephone and video signals like the Verizon equivalent does. It is also expected that the google fiber equipment will use far less power and offer more consistant speeds due to only two subscribers sharing a fiber optic cable to the node.

    Good job Google I look forward to seeing your service in more places as the years roll by.

    1. Keaton, Nice writeup. I am sure that as Google does rollout the services to Kansas City we will get even more in depth info about how it is being used along with seeing what new businesses move to Kansas City to take advantage of the better connectivity. I suspect it will be many small businesses with new ideas of doing things as the big guys can either rent space (co-locate) or build their own data centers.

      1. I looked back into sites like DSLReports today to see if anyone has officially determined if google is actually going GPON or Active Ethernet and as far as I can tell no one knows for sure. The support documents suggest Active Ethernet but the physical hardware suggests GPON. I’m not entirely sure why google is so insistant on keeping things under wraps but I’m interested to see someone dissect the technology soon.

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