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Google Fiber: Are Prices and Plans Affordable For Consumers?

Google Fiber: Are Prices and Plans Affordable For Consumers? By – Jan 21, 2015 75 1 SHARE

These days, few Internet service providers can match Google Fiber in connection speeds. A maximum speed of 1,000 megabits per second, or 125 megabytes per second, is matched by few ISPs. Plenty of companies charge $50 to $100 or more per month for slower bandwidth. For that reason, consumers might expect Google to charge a small fortune for such incredible speeds. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though. Each plan is more than affordable, and extra features are thrown in without raising overall prices.

Free Internet

In fact, Google even offers free Internet service for individuals within Fiber service areas. A one-time charge ranging from $30 to $300 is required to install the necessary equipment, though. Households won’t pay a dime for service for the following 10 years, which is an incredible offer. Through this package, download speeds of 5Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps are available. Those figures are nowhere near Fiber’s actually capabilities, but the service is free and will prove more than sufficient for the average user.

Gigabit Internet

For $70 per month, a household can receive Google Fiber in all of its glory. Included in this package are 1Gbps download and upload speeds. Users even receive a free terabyte of cloud storage from Google Drive. Of course, consumers could pay less for service from another ISP, but Fiber’s speeds make up for the price difference. Other ISPs sometimes even offer a tenth of these download/upload speeds for the same price after all. A network box is required to deliver service to a given household.

Gigabit Internet Plus Television

Households can pay $120 per month for the ultimate Google Fiber package. Subscribers receive the same features of the Gigabit Internet package, including the bandwidth speeds and 1TB of cloud storage. However, television services and 2TB of DVR storage are also included. Up to eight simultaneous recordings can be recorded through the DVR. A television box, DVR device, and remote control come with this package, too. Typically, customers of other ISPs could pay $200 or more for far less features and equipment.

For an extra monthly fee, users can add television extras such as more television and movie channels or sports and entertainment packages.

Why Choose Google Fiber In The First Place?

Google’s Internet service features unparalleled download and upload speeds. Verizon is one of the few companies that can boast similar speeds. Then again, Google Fiber is known for better performance and more stability. Users will frequently reach peak bandwidth speeds, unlike through other Internet service providers. The television package adds tons of content for a relatively low fee, especially compared to the regular cable companies. Without a doubt, these benefits speak for themselves.

Affordable and Worthwhile Packages From Google Fiber

Most households are used to paying $100 to $200 for combined television and Internet access packages. On the other hand, Internet alone ranges from $25 to $100 on average. Google Fiber offers affordable prices and services that’s many times better than what consumers receive from other companies. It’s only available in certain locations for now, but residents of those areas should consider signing up for service through Google in order to take advantage of these features.

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  • ZuesZeppa

    I have Google Fiber in KC. Google is working with low income buildings to install GF without the $300 fee per unit. Initially GF required building owners to pay the $300 for every unit then all units get the ‘free’ 5M with option to upgrade to Gbit paid by renter. But now they are waiving the install fee for many lower income buildings.

    It would be nice if Google offered a middle tier, like 100M or 300M for less but I don’t see them doing it unless they don’t get the subscription rate they want, which doesn’t seem to be a problem. I suspect they need an avg $70 revenue per user to profit – and to offset the ‘free’ 5M service. So if they do offer a middle tier speed, it may be only with a TV bundle for $70.

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