A few lucky neighborhoods in Kansas City already have access to Google Fiber, and the cable industry better take notice, writes Henry Blodget at Business Insider. Subscribers get lightning-fast Internet for $70 a month, and, if they want, cable and a DVR for another $50. (Internet speeds are indeed incredibly fast, as Ars Technica noted earlier this month after the rollout.)
And how about this little perk: No long service window. The Google guy, as opposed to the cable guy, shows up at a specific time, notes Blodget. It will take a while for Google to expand to the rest of the nation, and All Things Digital isn't yet convinced that Google wants to be a provider of broadband service. "But if nothing else, here's hoping Google Fiber scares the bejeezus out of the cable industry, forcing cable companies to upgrade their own broadband services and finally put a bigger premium on customer service," writes Blodget. Read his full post here.