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Homes in Kansas City, KS, now getting Google Fiber

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Tuesday is the big day for Google Fiber. People living in Kansas City, KS, are now getting the powerful internet service in their homes.

Starting Tuesday, installers are setting up small boxes inside of homes so Kansas City, KS, families can get their Google service. Google has done some run through some test homes in the last couple of weeks, but Tuesday was their first real installation.

Mathew Marcus, one of the first customers in the country to be up and running with Google Fiber, said it's like getting an early Christmas present.

"We've been running on 4G, which is very slow and now to have it super fast, I'm super stoked. I'm actually shaking I'm so excited," Marcus said.

Marcus hopes to cash in on the excitement for the super fast internet speed. He runs a business called Startup Village at 44th Street and State Line Road renting office space to other start ups.

"We are trying to further the start up community here in Kansas City. There's this mindset on the coast especially that Kansas City is a flyover town - a cow town - that nothing's going on here. That's clearly not the case," Marcus said.

The Hanover Heights fiberhood is the first area that's going Google. During the last couple of months, crews have been busy setting up fiber lines on poles above ground. It's now that the installation inside the homes begins.

"We are starting to connect and actually deliver the service inside the house. The houses connected from the outside, we are going to call them and say, ‘when is the right to come and go to the house and actually install service,'" Google Spokesperson Juan Spiniak said.

It took the Google installer about an hour to complete the job at Marcus' place. Once they set up the passwords, they conducted a speed test

"Download speed is 75 times faster there, but upload is 750 times faster than the normal average upload speed," Marcus said.

This means downloading video that once took Marcus all night to complete can now be done in 30 seconds. He hopes that kind of speed takes Kansas City to new heights.

"I'm really excited what it will do for Kansas City. The interesting thing is it coming to residential area which will be awesome, but what else will it do? Businesses and jobs are being created," Marcus said.

Google expects to have the homes in Hanover Heights done by December, then they will move into the Dub's Dread neighborhood, which is the second fiberhood on the list.

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