Google has launched Google Fiber for Small Business, finally opening up itself as an ISP to companies, in addition to 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 two locations specified by Google. The company does say, however, that it plans to expand in Kansas City, but didn’t share exactly where or when.
Small businesses in selected neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri now have the opportunity to get in on Google’s fiber Internet service, the company announced today. The Google Fiber program had previously been limited to residential customers, and its expansion into the business market signifies the partial fulfillment of Google’s long-standing plans to elevate a fiber-enabled Kansas City as a shining example of what very-high-speed Internet service can do for a metropolitan area. Google’s Kansas City field team manager, Carlos Casas, wrote in an official blog post that local businesses could realize a number of benefits from the company’s 1Gbps service. “[W]hether a business uses their connection to move to the cloud, get closer to customers on Hangouts, or bring more transactions online, we’re excited to see what happens when Kansas City businesses say farewell to slow speeds and hello to all the tools and technologies that they need to grow,” he said.