Google today launched Google Fiber for Small Business, finally opening up itself as an ISP to companies as well as consumers. The rollout is starting with an Early Access Program in select areas of central Kansas City, available for $100 per month.
Small businesses can sign up for a Google Fiber gigabit Internet connection only if they are located in the two locations (one in Kansas, one in Missouri) specified by Google. The company does say, however, that it plans to expand in Kansas City, but didn’t share exactly where or when.
Here is the Google Fiber for Small Business area in Kansas City, Kansas:
Here is the Google Fiber for Small Business area in Kansas City, Missouri:
Small business owners have been asking about using Google Fiber since the service debuted, but Google insisted that they couldn’t use it until a small business offering was available. That time has finally arrived.
The new service was first spotted by Kansas City Business Journal on November 7. We contacted Google this past weekend for more details about the launch, including the price and whether Google was planning to bring the offering outside of Kansas City. The company responded today with more details.
“I can confirm that the price is $100/month,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat. “We’re working on plans to bring Google Fiber to small businesses in more cities. Although we don’t have specific details to share just yet, we hope to have an update on additional cities soon. For now, we’re focused on launching this Early Access program in Kansas City.”
Small business owners in Kansas City can sign up for Google’s Fiber business offering today, if eligible. If you’re not, you can also register for email updates about when Google expands to more Kansas City areas.
Given that Google offers Gigabit Internet to households for $70 per month, the small business price is very reasonable. It’s so good, it almost makes us want to start a new business in Kansas City.
That’s certainly an improvement over just two areas.