Google Fiber readies 1-Gig offering for Kansas City businesses

Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) has begun reaching out to local businesses in the Kansas City area to see if they would like to get a 1 Gbps service, reports the Kansas City Business Journal, citing a mailer about the new offer.

According to the mailer, the 1 Gbps business service, which is now open for early access, will cost $100 a month.

"Small businesses want super-fast Internet speeds, and we've been working hard to make it happen," said Kelly Mason, a Google Fiber spokeswoman, in a statement. "After our pilot earlier this year, we're closer than ever to bringing Google Fiber to small businesses in Kansas City."

At this point, Google Fiber would not provide any details about what parts of the city would be the first to get the service because it said it is still putting together a service rollout plan. However, a link in the flier said that "super fast Internet for your business is coming soon to Kansas City," and an accompanying sign-up page asks for their business name, address and contact information.

This is not the first time that Google Fiber has dabbled in extending its fiber-based services to businesses. Earlier this year, the service provider launched a business service trial where it connected its fiber network to a limited but unspecified amount of Kansas City-area small to medium businesses (SMBs).

Google Fiber has asked Kansas City-area businesses to wait patiently for a fiber-based product since it announced its fiber network build-out strategy during a news conference in July 2012.

While Google Fiber has mainly focused on delivering its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP)-based services to residential customers, its ILEC competitors AT&T (NYSE: T), CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Frontier have promised since they began their own fiber-based broadband journey to target both residential and business customers in their target markets.

For more:
- Kansas City Business Journal has this article

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