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Google Fiber Hooks Up First Customers

It has taken almost three years to reach this point, but Google Fiber has started to connect customers in Kansas City, Kan.

As it approaches the three-year anniversary of revealing its Google Fiber project in February 2010, Google announced Tuesday that it has begun to connect homes to its 1-Gbit/s network in Kansas City, Kan. (See Google Jumps Into Gigabit FTTH.)

That first "fiberhood" (areas with 250 to 1,500 homes) is the Hannover Heights section of Kansas City, Kan. Next in line is the Dub's Dread fiberhood in Kansas, where customers have until Nov. 15 to pick their service plans before installations begin in December.

Google Fiber expects to get more aggressive in 2013, as it makes plans to extend service to another five areas this winter, more than a dozen next spring and even more in the summer of 2013. In all, 180 of the 202 initial fiberhoods identified in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., reached their pre-registration goals to get Google Fiber service.

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