Google plans to test an ultra-high-speed Internet service to a limited number of small businesses in Kansas City, where the Google Fiber service to homes had its national debut. The company sent out questionnaires this week to businesses in the market who had indicated they wanted to buy service through Google Fiber and said the connections would take place “in the next few months.”
Google is querying those potential test customers about the industries they’re in, how many people they employ, whether their managers have Google Fiber service at home, their use of remote Internet storage and technical issues about their existing Internet connections.
Google Fiber is distinctive because it runs fiber optic lines from the company’s network directly to homes. That allows for upload and download speeds of 1 gigabit per second — about 100 times faster than the norm for U.S. consumers. Businesses can buy similar heavy duty broadband from other companies, but Google Fiber offers the bandwidth at far lower prices to home consumers.