A Small Part Of NYC Is Getting Free Internet From Google

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UPDATE: New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and US Senator Chuck Schumer are joining a press conference at Google today to announce that Google will soon provide free Wifi for the Chelsea neighbourhood in New York.

TechCrunch reports.

This is not as exciting as what we had hoped Google was announcing, which you can read about below.

EARLIER: Google is hosting a 10:30 AM EST press conference today in New York.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office says he will be there.

What’s the news?

Nothing has been announced.

But Twitter user Rafael Rivera has an interesting theory: Perhaps Google is about to announce that it’s bringing its super fast Internet access + cable TV product, Google fibre, to New York.

Rivera notes that Google is hiring a “Sales Representative” for Google fibre located in New York.

The text reads:

This position is based in New York, NY.

The area: Google Access
At Google, we’re always trying to provide our users with the fastest services possible. The Google Access program works to go the very last mile, providing fibre-optic Internet connections directly to users’ homes. We’re building one of the fastest networks in America so that users can experience the future of broadband because we know that your Internet connection can never be too fast.

The role: Sales Representative, Google fibre
The Google fibre Sales Representative be a part of a team to evangelizes Google fibre services to small and medium business and multi unit dwellings. As a fibre Sales Representative you will support plan for our approach in the market including multi unit dwellings, small business, restaurants, and hotels. You’ll reach out proactively to both small businesses, while articulating how Google fibre Solutions can help make their work more productive. (And then, you seal the deal!) You excel at product pitching, cultivating a strong base of new clients and working with fellow technical Googlers to devise solutions and support for your clients.

If Rivera’s hunch is right, then New York residents and businesses are in for a lucky treat. Google fibre isn’t just Internet access, it’s also a cable TV killer.

The product starts at a pretty nice price point: free, for Internet-only.

Here’s a quick run down of the paid version’s features, via Google’s website:

  • Up to one gigabit upload & download speed
  • Full channel TV lineup
  • 2 year contract
  • No data caps
  • Nexus 7 tablet
  • 1 TV Box
  • Storage Box
  • Network Box
  • 1TB Google Drive
  • $120/mo
  • taxes and fees

 Google fibre is currently only available in Kansas City. A site called BestTechie noticed the job posting yesterday, and read it as a sign that Google plans to expand Google fibre across the country.


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