Google rolls out 1GB Webpass in 6 new cities


If you’re ever lived in an apartment building where you were locked into a particular provider for Internet, Google has another solution for you.

Their Webpass service is expanding to six more markets and it offers high-speed Internet (with speeds of up to a gigabit per second) that’s much faster than cable or DSL.

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Introducing Google’s Webpass

Webpass became part of the Google Fiber family in October 2016. The startup, which specializes in point-to-point wireless technology (aka fixed wireless), will now deploy in the following cities:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Miami
  • Oakland, Calif.
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco

Apartment buildings with at least 10 units that are hooked up with Ethernet cabling are candidates for WebPass.

‘Copper Ethernet wiring can allow for blazing gigabit speeds, making them an affordable alternative for building owners to install vs. coaxial cable or even fiber,’ Google Fiber President Dennis Kish writes in a blog post.

Pricing starts at $60 a month with no contracts. The tiers of service that are available include 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, 500 Mbps and 1 Gbps.

Meanwhile, the map above clearly shows that Google Fiber is slated for imminent rollout to two more cities (see the purple dots), and is considering future rollouts in an additional nine locations.

So what does Google stand to gain from the continued rollout of Fiber and the new implementation of Webpass? In a word, customers. The more people who use Google for search, the more ads they can serve and the more money they can make.

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