Google Fiber is ending a free-internet offer in Kansas city2016-04-11 02:09 by Daniela
Google Fiber customers in Kansas City have been told that the free 5Mbps down/1Mbps up internet tier will be dropped. Customers who chose this tier had to pay a $300 construction fee upfront, but afterwards could enjoy 5/1 speeds at no additional cost.
Now, the plan will be replaced by a 100Mbps option that costs $50 per month. Anyone using the free tier has until May 19th to say they want to keep it.
The company hasn't explained the exact reason for the move. The most probable reason for this is the fact that Fiber is facing more pressure to switch into a durable, competitive cable and broadband business, which means cutting real margins. However, this doesn't change Google's plan to offer free service in low-income areas.
Google Fiber still offers its trademark 1Gbps connections, for which customers have to pay $70/month or $130/month (includes TV). Towards the end of March, Google also announced Fiber Phone, which costs $10/month and includes features such as caller ID, call forwarding, and voice mail.
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