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Google drops 'free' pricing tier in Kansas City
Google is no longer offering a free tier for new subscribers to its Fiber internet service in Kansas City, according to multiple reports.
Recode was the first to report that the company is no longer offering an option that had allowed users to pay a one-time construction fee of 300 dollars and then no monthly fee for six years. In return, they received service with relatively slow download speeds of 5 megabits per second.
The company is not offering the option to residents in a county where it was planning to deliver service in a year, according to the Kansas City Star. In May, the offer will not be available to people in areas where the service is already available.
Instead, the service options will start at $50 dollars per month for download speeds up to 100 Mbps. The company will offer a free option to certain residents in government-subsidized housing as part of a program run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The "free" option will also still be available in Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, according to Recode.
The move comes as Google remains in competition with more long-time internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon, who have been rolling out their own gigabit services in different cities.
Google Fiber debuted in Kansas City in 2012.