Google Fiber For Small Businesses Debuts - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Business
News
11/12/2014
09:10 AM
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
100%
0%

Google Fiber For Small Businesses Debuts

Small companies looking for fast, affordable Internet access now have another option, at least in Kansas City.

10 Smart Tech Toys For Kids
10 Smart Tech Toys For Kids
(Click image for larger view and slideshow.)

Google is extending its fiber optic Internet service, Google Fiber, to businesses, offering business customers in select areas of Kansas City, in both Kansas and Missouri, access to superfast Internet connectivity.

Google in April said it had begun asking business owners about their need for fast Internet service. The company's Early Access Program for Google Fiber for Small Business represents the next step in that inquiry.

Similar in terms of speed to the consumer version of Google Fiber, Google Fiber for Small Businesses offers Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (1,000 Mbps) for $100 per month. It adds dedicated support via phone, email, or chat. It requires no long-term commitment, unlike the two paid tiers of the consumer offering.

Google Fiber for residential customers is priced at $120 per month with 150+ TV channels, $70 per month without TV content, or free for basic 5-Mbps down/1-Mbps up Internet connectivity.

[Is Obama overstepping his bounds? Or protecting the integrity of the Internet? See Net Neutrality: Let There Be Laws.]

Google Fiber for Small Businesses also offers one static IP address for $20 per month, or five for $30. Businesses generally should invest in a static IP address to host servers or run a VPN.

"Whether a business uses their connection to move to the cloud, get closer to customers on Hangouts, or bring more transactions online, we're excited to see what happens when Kansas City businesses say farewell to slow speeds and hello to all the tools and technologies that they need to grow," said Carlos Casas, team manager for Google Fiber in Kansas City, in a blog post.

Kansas City, Kan., was the first city to receive Google Fiber. Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, were added to the list in 2013. Casas acknowledged that there are small businesses in Austin and Provo, but said Google has no specific plan to extend Google Fiber for Small Businesses to other cities at this time.

In February, Google invited 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas -- Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; and San Jose, Calif. -- to discuss the possibility of access to Google Fiber.

Google is proceeding cautiously because it has been involved in unsuccessful municipal broadband projects before. In 2006, Google and Earthlink won a bid to provide San Francisco with free and paid WiFi service.

But negotiations with the city dragged on, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and Chris Sacca, who headed the project at the time for Google, lamented that the city's demands for fees and equipment threatened to delay the project further and make it unprofitable. By the end of the following year, the project was dead.

Get the latest information to migrate your systems, services, and applications to the next level at Enterprise Connect. Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, and Oracle will lead the keynote lineup, and thought leaders from enterprises and vendors will cover the full range of platforms, services, and applications that will simplify your migration to next-gen communications and collaboration systems. Register for Enterprise Connect with code DIWKWEB to save $100 off the early-bird rate. It happens in Orlando, Fla., March 16 to 19.

Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful ... View Full Bio

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Technocrati
50%
50%
Technocrati,
User Rank: Ninja
11/15/2014 | 8:34:43 PM
Google Fiber: What is the Hold Up ? Oh Yeah BAU.

I am really curious to see what happens with these Google Fiber projects, if successful it could be the final nail in the coffin for traditional providers.  

Aside from doing business as usual (bau), I don't understand what is taking so long ?   Come to think of it that is probably the reason adoption continues to move at a snail's pace. 

Lorna Garey
50%
50%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
11/13/2014 | 11:15:44 AM
Re: They've gone about as far as they can go
The desire to squeeze every last gasp of life from the traditional broadcast model (not to mention every last dime from their customers) makes for some strange alliances. Or maybe not so strange after all.
xenophonkc
50%
50%
xenophonkc,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/13/2014 | 10:54:08 AM
Re: They've gone about as far as they can go
Yeah, areas that have only 1 option is a major issue but another major issue left is that many ISPs are adding monthly caps to protect traditional broadcast TV revenue.  Google Fiber also has no caps.
Lorna Garey
50%
50%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
11/12/2014 | 2:44:15 PM
Re: They've gone about as far as they can go
That's one of the better uses of casino money I've heard. When we lived in CT, the municipality operated some utilities, very efficiently I may add. 

To me the biggest ill that needs to be addressed is when a cable provider has monopoly status. We're lucky to have a choice between FiOS and Comcast, but in other towns with only one option, they pay top dollar for often crappy service.
xenophonkc
50%
50%
xenophonkc,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/12/2014 | 12:53:18 PM
Re: They've gone about as far as they can go
It's public/private partnership in terms of using public space but Google fully operates/funds the network.  Not really a muni network.

There is also a muni network in town of North Kansas City (separate city from KC) that has Gigabit FREE for all residents.  The city paid for the fiber rollout (using casino money) about 10 years ago and now uprading to Gigabit.  A 3rd party now operates the network but is still considered muni fiber.
Lorna Garey
50%
50%
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
11/12/2014 | 12:33:15 PM
Re: They've gone about as far as they can go
Is this properly described as "muni broadband" though? When I think muni, I think a city or town provisioning its own service, which it sells at cost as a public service. This sounds like more of a commercial endeavor.

Also jealous that the Boston area is not on the list.
xenophonkc
50%
50%
xenophonkc,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/12/2014 | 11:39:16 AM
Terms of Service Unknown
Will be interesting to see the terms of service - suspect it will be comparable to or a bit better than TimeWarner SMB class service in KC (and not an Enterprise class service with that level of QoS and SLAs).  TWC charges about $200 for 75/5 in KC, although I think they bumped it to 150 recently. This could be more of an economic boost for Google Fiber cities if other Gbit ISPs don't have comparable monthly rate/terms. This is more likely to attract startups/SMBs to GFiber cities than residential Gbit.

BTW, I have residential service in KC.  Search for 'google fiber review existenz'.
xenophonkc
50%
50%
xenophonkc,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/12/2014 | 11:30:55 AM
Re: Good local governance comes first
Jack - Don't count on fiber rolling out to every city, especially retro fitting older parts of cities as Google Fiber does.  Verizon FIOS stopped deployment and just today ATT said they will no longer invest in fiber until Net Neutrality is worked out, which won't happen for long time.  Googel FIber is not planning on SMB class service for Austin or Provo so SMB Class symmetrical Gbit for $100 sounds like it will be exclusive to KC for a while.
jastroff
50%
50%
jastroff,
User Rank: Ninja
11/12/2014 | 11:05:21 AM
Re: They've gone about as far as they can go
>> Google Fiber for residential customers is priced at $120 per month with 150+ TV channels, $70 per month without TV content, or free for basic 5-Mbps down/1-Mbps up Internet connectivity.

 

Hardly bests the cost of this from the local cable co. I can hear all those cord cutters in Kansas City getting out the scissors...
Jack N FranF583
0%
100%
Jack N FranF583,
User Rank: Guru
11/12/2014 | 10:19:53 AM
Good local governance comes first
Progress, including fiber will eventually come to every town and city.

Bunglers at the local level are the first level that has to be updated. City Council's following a political as opposed to a public service agenda are hurting their residents by political posturing: Old Women with Lawyer's love to save the environment while stopping progress in their life time. Lawyers posturing as progressives make photo ops picking up pennies under the streetlamps at bus stops while blowing $Bs in comfort, safety, health.  By attempting to socialize the future according to their dim intellectual incandescent lights 'progressives' are wasting time, energy and postponing preconditions for future progress..
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Commentary
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
News
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
Slideshows
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll