Google to charge for its Fiber internet service in Kansas City

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 11, 2016 17:17 IST
The free 5Mbps broadband service will no longer be available to new subscribers in Kansas City. Entry level plans now starts at $50 for 100Mbps (Reuters)

Google Fiber will not be offering free Internet service in Kansas City anymore.

According to a report by ReCode, Google has confirmed that it has made some changes to the pricing model. With the revised plan, users can now get 1Gbps for $70 (Rs 4645 approx) or 100 Mbps for $50 (Rs 3,320 approx) .

The free offer is no longer listed on the website, though the company says it will continue to honour current agreements.

Google hasn’t specified the reason behind the move.

Google Fibre is a part of the company's effort to provide free internet for low-income customers. The service is capable of providing internet connection speeds of upto one gigabit per second for both download and upload.

Reports also indicate that Google Fibre might be introduced in India very soon. The search engine giant is in talks with the IT Ministry to roll-out the broadband service which uses optical fibre as a part of the Digital India programme.

“We are keen to partner a company like Google in furthering the Digital India plan. Modalities have to be worked out,” said an official from IT Ministry.

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