INTERNET SERVICES GIANT Google announced the roll out of its fibre-optic "Google Fiber" service today, a super-fast 1Gbit/s internet service that promises to be the fastest on the planet.
Selecting Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri as the service's guinea pig, Google will roll out the high-speed service to those who have opted to volunteer.
"Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today's average broadband," Google said in a blog post today.
"Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web. Imagine: instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging, even new industries that we haven't even dreamed of, powered by a gig."
Google first offered customers the chance to take part in tests of its high-speed Internet service in February 2010, across a "small number of trial locations" in the US.
Come March that same year, Google said the community response was "tremendous and creative". Some cities were so desperate to get involved in the scheme that they renamed themselves, produced Youtube videos, arranged public rallies and mobilised Facebook campaigns.
"Households in Kansas City can pre-register for the next six weeks, and they can rally their neighbours to pre-register, too," Google said in the blog post. "Once the pre-registration period is over, residents of the qualified fiberhoods will be able to choose between three different packages."
Google said in its Fiber blog that all plans will include a $300 hook-up fee, but residents can choose between a Gigabit internet with TV for $120 a month or just Gigabit internet for $70 per month.
However, Google said it plans to offer the service only in neighbourhoods where enough residents commit to subscribing. For a neighbourhood to get hooked up, at least 40 residents will have to register their interest by paying $10 through the company's Google Fiber web page. µ