Google Wants To Make Your Landline Phone Useful. Again!

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The new Fiber Phone service will be made available to a few US markets and later expanded to other cities where Google offers high-speed Internet.

Just over a year after Google first introduced plans to bring Google Fiber to select communities across America, the company announced Kansas City (out of nearly 1,100 cities that applied) would be the first location to receive the technology. Rather than simply installing a great deal of physical infrastructure, however, Google was quick to reach out to community groups to work with throughout the deployment process. For example, Google developed new applications with the University of Kansas Medical Center, among other organizations. The Fiber service went live in September 2012 and expanded to many other cities and towns in Kansas with the help of local provider partnerships.

So, we know that it started in Kansas City, then moved to Austin, then Provo and now Google Fiber has targeted nine more metro areas. That possibility is beginning to look more like a reality with Google recently signing a tentative franchise agreement with the city of Portland That makes Portland the first of those nine metro areas to take the next steps toward becoming a Google Fiber city.

Or rather, Google is offering customers the option of going for a triple play of Internet-TV-phone services in one monthly bill, just like Comcast, Verizon, and other providers do. Currently, a combined high-speed Internet and pay TV package from Google Fiber costs a total of $130 per month. Adding a phone line with unlimited calls nationwide tacks on another $10, for a monthly bill of $140.

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