Search giant Google, which recently unveiled its new internet service with revolutionary speeds, has failed to keep its initial promise of extending its reach to up to 34 cities in nine US metro areas by the end of the year.
The super-fast Internet gigabit service — Google Fiber — has been made operational in only a small number of locations, which include Austin, Texas, Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah, leaving around 33 cities waiting through the holidays, writes Breanna Royal of Full-Time Whistle.
Although Google has not mentioned anything in its statement regarding its service delay, its spokespeople have claimed that its previous installations lacked sufficient planning and needed time for reassessment. Google Fiber director of business development Jill Szuchmacher earlier this month stated that a better understanding of the earlier setups was required and would reasonably stall any further announcements. Szuchmacher mentioned that the abrupt move was “like getting married without having ever dated”.
Google released a statement to help explain:
“We’ve been working closely with cities … to figure out how we could bring them Google Fiber, and we’re grateful for their vision, commitment, and plain old hard work, while we were hoping to have an update for cities before the holidays, we have a bit more work to wrap up; we’ll be back in touch sometime early next year.”
According to its main site, Google Fiber boasts a speed that is a 100 times faster than modern broadband speeds on the market and boasts less buffering time, better video chatting and greater ease in video uploads and online game speeds. Its entire campaign rolls out with the promise “All you need to do is click and you’re there,” as stated on its site.
As current broadband cable prices climb, Google Fiber offers welcome relief with a $70 monthly charge and supplying the fastest Web speeds around (up to 1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds) and 1TB of Google’s Cloud storage as a bonus. Buyers also have the option to purchase its 150 channel TV service that would cost $130 monthly, writes Josh Durso of Inferse.
With its highly competitive pricing plan and clear benefits, it is no surprise that citywide initiatives have begun to prompt Google’s reach within its regions. Portland in particular has recognized the advantages such service can bring to the city through access to speedier outdoor WiFi networks, creation of jobs and boost in competition between local Internet providers. It also sees an overall improvement in its economy from luring more businesses and entrepreneurs within its boundaries, writes Alan George of Oregon Live.
Google Fiber has served as a warning to several other Internet broadband service providers in America such as AT&T and Verizon, along with municipal broadband providers present in cities like Kansas, all of whom have continued their own fiber service rollouts.