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In Spite of Support for Net Neutrality, Google Fiber Won’t Allow Servers

Claims this is "reasonable network management,” not a violation of open internet policies.

Google Fiber has brought the joy of free-market competition in the form of 1 gigabit/second broadband. But now that Google is an Internet service provider, its commitment to open Internet access is quietly waning. Google will regulate how you transmit data on its bandwidth -- namely, you can't use it to run servers.

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Google Fiber Installations Have Begun in Kansas City, All Other Parts of the Country Jealous

After much fanfare and holding of breath, Google has finally started to connect the general public of Kansas City to Google Fiber. That means that homes can finally get in on those sweet pricing plans, which includes a tier of free Internet with a one-time construction fee. The first area to receive installations appears to be Hanover Heights, but all the neighborhoods receiving Google Fiber can rejoice as their time will come shortly. Kansas City's never been such a tempting locale.

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Time Warner and AT&T Want Some of That Sweet Google Fiber Deal, Because of Course They Do

Google Fiber -- Google's incredible Internet service -- is set to make some pretty impressive waves in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS when it finally rolls out. We know this, Google knows this, the citizens of Kansas City know this, and now it's apparent that Time Warner and AT&T know this too. See, Google got a series of sweet deals out of Kansas City to build up the infrastructure required to host gigabit Internet connections and the other carriers in the area want a slice of that pie, because of course they do.

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Google Fiber Offers Free Internet to Kansas City, Other Amazing Plans

Remember earlier this morning when we said Google Fiber was all set to make a big announcement? Turns out that they're moving on to the next phase by allowing Kansas City citizens to pre-register between now and September 9th. If their neighborhood meets a certain quota, they'll then receive Google Fiber access and be able to sign up for free Internet access. There are a few catches though, and a number of other amazing Internet plans.

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Google Fiber Set to Make Announcement, Probably Awesome

Today is Rex Manning day! Okay, maybe not, but it is July 26th and it looks like Google Fiber is going to make some kind of big announcement. You may remember Google Fiber from such films as, well, no films -- but they are bringing incredibly fast Internet connections to at least one city: Kansas City. After much fanfare, it seems that perhaps today is the day that they're going to announce that the city's connection is ready to go.

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Google to Bring Fast Fiber Internet Service to Kansas City

Google has announced that Kansas City, Kansas will be the location for Google's experimental fiber network, which aims to provide one gigabit of information to every home. Those are some very lucky Kansans. When it announced the plan last year, Google said it hoped to spur development of next generation technologies that could take advantage of a super-fast internet connection. For context, a gigabit is 2,000 times faster than dial-up and 100 times faster than most broadband connections. Since the initiative was announced, communities across the country have tried to woo Google with stunts of all kinds. In choosing a recipient city, Google says:

our goal was to find a location where we could build efficiently, make an impact on the community and develop relationships with local government and community organizations. We’ve found this in Kansas City. We’ll be working closely with local organizations including the Kauffman Foundation, KCNext and the University of Kansas Medical Center to help develop the gigabit applications of the future.
There is as of yet no word on pricing, but it will apparently be in-line with what Kansans are already paying for Internet. Google intends to begin construction before the end of the year, and hopes to have the network up and running by the first quarter of 2012. Google hasn't been given carte blanche, however; their plans are still contingent upon approval by the city council. Our congratulations to the denizens of Kansas City, though we turn green with envy saying it. Keep reading below for a video of Google's official announcement.

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