Google Enters the ISP Game, Offering Fast Access to USENET

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Google’s entry into the internet service provider market will allow customers in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri to take advantage of superfast internet and USENET newsgroup speeds, as well as the search engine giant’s new television service.

If you’re content with your current internet speeds, Google has something for you, too. Free internet at 5Mbps, which is more in-line with today’s standard broadband speeds. Just pay the $300 installation fee, and for at least 7 years you won’t have any more internet bills.

The supped-up 1Gbps connection comes with a $70/month fee, and the $300 installation fee is waived with the one-year contract. There are no data caps with this or any plan, and the internet service comes with a network box feature four ports and high-speed Wi-Fi.

For $120/month, you will get the 1Gbps internet speeds, two terabytes of storage to record television shows, and access to the Google Fiber cable service. You’ll also get a Nexus 7 tablet, which you will use to control the television service. The TV box features on-demand shows, and is already equipped with HD so you won’t pay any extra fee to watch your favorite shows in HD. You can even watch Google Fiber channels on the tablet. The $300 installation fee is waived with the two-year contract.

Following the unveiling of the new service packages to be offered to Kansas City residents, many started to wonder how it would affect the market for internet and television service. While the ultra-fast internet speeds could tempt a lot of customers, one of the concerns has been over the channel lineup provided with the television service.

So far, channels like Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon are on the lineup, but ESPN, CNN, TNT, TBS, and other Disney- or Time Warner-owned channels were not. However, in its fine print, Google has said that the channel lineup is subject to change, which could indicate that more channels could be added. AMC, which has attracted viewers with recent shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead, is also not on the lineup at this time.

As Usenet users are often interested in faster download and upload speeds, it will be interesting to see how users in the Kansas City area react to the availability of the new internet and cable service. While most Usenet providers do not limit speeds, users often find themselves limited by the speed provided by their ISP.

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