Google Unveils Internet Service 100 Times Faster Than Broadband

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Google Unveils Internet Service 100 Times Faster Than Broadband

Google wants to get into the business of providing a better, faster internet, not just searching it.

We all want the internet to be faster. Waiting for a video to load before you can watch it just sucks. Broadband services like DSL or cable were a big step up from dialup, but Google thinks it's ridiculous the technology hasn't had a significant update in 16 years. Google unveiled a new service called Google Fiber which promises internet speeds up to 1 gig per second. The pilot program for Google Fiber is in Kansas City, Missouri, and customers will be able to pay $70 a month for internet, or $120 for internet plus TV channels and DVR capability. The TV service includes a Nexus 7 tablet computer which will act as your remote control.

"The next phase of the Internet, the next chapter of the Internet is written here today," said Patrick Pichette, the CFO of Google, at a rally in Kansas City announcing the plan for Google Fiber. "We believe the Internet should give these high speeds to everyone in the U.S."

Google offered several examples to show just how fast the service will be. One gigabit per second means you can download a full length HD movie in a matter of minutes. Milo Medin, Google executive in charge of this stuff, explained that if two cars left Kansas City for New York at the same time, the one traveling 100 times faster would reach New York before the other car even left Missouri.

Now before you Kansas Citians [Kansasites?] start throwing your cash at Google for the ultra-fast 'nets, there's a catch: not everyone will be able to get this service right away. Google split the city into "fiberhoods" and a critical mass of your neighbors (40-80 homes) will have to pay a $10 deposit for Google to string the fiber optic cable to your location. The 'hoods with the most deposits in the next six weeks will get access to the service first, and Google hopes neighbors will band together to convince each other to pay.

Google chose Kansas City from a list of 1,100 cities because of the enthusiasm the people living there showed for faster internet and the internet company certainly seems willing to use that ebullience to push its agenda forward. Just look at that video embedded above. Whether the super-fast internet service becomes profitable enough in Kansas City to warrant installation in other cities, Google hopes Google Fiber will put pressure on Washington and other ISPs to consider upgrading our infrastructure.

Note to Google: Durham, NC could use some fiber love.

Source: NY Times

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1 gig per second!!! 0__o faping just got easier

Hey, your internet is good enough. I'm barely pushing 80 kb/s here, give me google internet!

At the point you can download a movie in a few seconds I don't think the internet needs to go any faster.

Irridium:
Hey, your internet is good enough. I'm barely pushing 80 kb/s here, give me google internet!

You must live out in the boonies. I live in the country and I have a 6mb/s dsl connection.

Everyone could use faster internet!

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Sweet jesus, I must experience this.

I'm practically frothing at the mouth.

While I have no need for internet that fast, i'd still pay for it. BRING THAT SHIT TO TEXAS

I hear people cry out that 700 kb/s download speed is slow, so imagine how I feel with 200kb/s! How about you throw it over here? I'm sure you can get your deposit easily, kids would give their pocket money for this around here to make sure they can watching their dramatic chipmunks and sneezing pandas. Come on! We're probably worse off than those in Kansas City, so why don't we...

Irridium:
I'm barely pushing 80 kb/s here,

My hat goes over my heart for you, you brave individual. Give this man some fiber.

Calumon: ...Ewwwwww

This had better damn well be unlimited downloads, because I get 10 GB a month at my house and if this was to come to England I could use my whole limit in ten seconds.

EDIT: It just occurred to me that with this speed I reckon that the 'Cloud' is at last a possibility.

EDIT PART TWO: whoops Gigabit not byte okay make that 1 min 20 secs.

Wow, news pertaining to my home town and current location!

Nobody ever talks about Kansas City! That's a pleasant surprise.

Being that I'm just a lowly, poor, college student home for the summer vacation, I unfortunately do not have the means to acquiring that sexy download speed of 1 gig/sec. However, if I did, I would probably download all I could, because I could.

What I would give for that kind of internet at my house...

1 gig/s is quite fast. But saying fiber is new is kinda false information. Fiber has been around for ages now. I remember when Verizon laid fiber in front of my house in like 2002, which was 3 years before they even launched fios. Also, a 1 Gb/s connection will probably net you about 150 Mb/s downloads max. At that point, it depends on how fast the uploader is. If they're not on google fiber then you will still only get 5 Mb/s or whatever their speed is.

That being said, this is pretty cool

Matthew94:
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Sweet jesus, I must experience this.

I'm practically frothing at the mouth.

I know right.

It's especially provoking considering where I live we can't get current fibre optic services because the UK has crap infrastructure and it's distributed very poorly.

The cables for it go through my town to the capital of our county.

But we can't has.

Fuckin' Virgin...

Google bring this to Canada please. You can leave the states till later.

Eric the Orange:
At the point you can download a movie in a few seconds I don't think the internet needs to go any faster.

Are you kidding? Then we make movies with more resolution. Ones where I can see every pore in the character's face.

Oh my fucking god YES! If this comes to my town I am so creaming my pants.

Eh.

I see a big number like 1 gig and i'm left wondering what the real speed is.

Of course, this is a problem with any ISP, not Google in particular.

It is an interesting idea though. I'm already paying $70 for 10 MB DSL because shitty Comcast managed to worm their way in here so cable is off limits now.

Now if only it were a hundred times more reliable...

It's worth noting that this is one gigabit per second. Vague terms like "gig" tend to make us think of gigabytes. This is only 1/8 of that, at ~128 Megabytes per second.

Mind you, that's still blazing fast. I have 100Mbit service and I'm damn jealous of these Kansas City folk.

P.S. Thanks

NightHawk21:
Google bring this to Canada please. You can leave the states till later.

Eric the Orange:
At the point you can download a movie in a few seconds I don't think the internet needs to go any faster.

Are you kidding? Then we make movies with more resolution. Ones where I can see every pore in the character's face.

And then we crank their framerate up to eleven 110 fps!

Edit: Although I wouldn't be too comfortable with google as my ISP... Just gives me a bad feeling in my stomach

I'm disturbed that the article never even entertains the idea of it being anything other than an upgrade for the US.

I know Google can't fix every country, but the "America = Internet" vibe is lurking in the air here.

On that note, of every company in the world, Google is actually probably the company most able to fix every country in terms of infrastructure. So come on Google, BRING IT.

Of all the companies most likely to own the world in a dystopian future, I'll probably prefer Google the most, behind Valve.

.......I threw my Wallet at my screen so hard it broke :(

Google wants to get into the business of providing a better, faster internet, not just searching it.

No. Google wants to get into the business of abusing your privacy for profit, faster, and more direct!

ITT me and other ppl creaming their pants.

Also in other news.... Uber-piracy incoming..

GenGenners:
I'm disturbed that the article never even entertains the idea of it being anything other than an upgrade for the US.

I know Google can't fix every country, but the "America = Internet" vibe is lurking in the air here.

On that note, of every company in the world, Google is actually probably the company most able to fix every country in terms of infrastructure. So come on Google, BRING IT.

Of all the companies most likely to own the world in a dystopian future, I'll probably prefer Google the most, behind Valve.

Pretty much this, but softer.

It's much more important to get all first world countries up to a high quality, consistent internet speed before we go improving on that further. Heck, i've heard stories of even parts of the US itself having areas with poor speeds. Surely getting everyone better quality is a more just cause than making a few areas extremely good?

Forget this! FIX WHAT YOU HAVE FIRST! YOutube doesn't even work right, you lousy-

We apologize for the inconvenience, as this user has seen far too many so-called updates that cram more and more on top of an unstable foundation, leading to programs that are glitched at the core and never EVER fixed.

Covarr:
It's worth noting that this is one gigabit per second. Vague terms like "gig" tend to make us think of gigabytes. This is only 1/8 of that, at ~128 Megabytes per second.

Mind you, that's still blazing fast. I have 100Mbit service and I'm damn jealous of these Kansas City folk.

P.S. Thanks

yepp, companies realize that and love throwing that around to try to act like they are one in the same. such a pain.

OT:

MERICAAAAAA FUCK YEAH!

/sarcasm

this is really cool, and i'm relatively close to KC, so hope they bring that here soon :D would be amazing to stream so many videos to fa-i mean..watch educational videos and play online solitaire at lightning speed!

I get out of the Navy in 8 years, you have 8 years Google!

...gigabyte or gigabit?

The article first said "gig" which suggests gigabyte... but then it explicitly says gigabit and mentions downloading an HD movie in a matter of minutes - which suggests gigabit, because they'd be saying seconds if it was gigabyte...

It's a huge improvement over pretty much anything but being directly connected to a T3 (T1? not sure, whatever) line either way... but if we are going to talk about that range, then the difference between 125 MB and a GB starts to become rather significant.

not going to work until websites servers have it too.

Eric the Orange:
At the point you can download a movie in a few seconds I don't think the internet needs to go any faster.

Don't worry, we're not there yet. Not even with this.

First of all, 1Gb/s is 125MB/s. Many hard drives don't even have that fast of a write speed.
Then, that's just the theoretical maximum; Real world speeds will be much slower.
Next is what you consider a movie. Is it a highly compressed 700MB file? A straight 4+GB DVD rip? A full 20GB to 50GB Blu-Ray rip?
And even then, 1920x1080 isn't the maximum resolution we'll ever reach by a long shot. The next standard will likely be 4K which is roughly, you guessed it, 4 times as large as 1080p. And then on to 8K, etc.

In short, no, the internet will never (for the foreseeable future) need to stop being faster.

Parivir:
This had better damn well be unlimited downloads, because I get 10 GB a month at my house and if this was to come to England I could use my whole limit in ten seconds.

Eighty seconds. (8 bits to a Byte)

But yeah, that shit is so fast it'll eat through bandwidth caps like nobody's business.

Ruzinus:
...gigabyte or gigabit?

Network speeds are always (as far as I've seen anyway) measured in bits.

Silly Americans don't you know you can acieve the same thing with satellite or two and some cell towers? At least that is what Australian conservatives keep telling us with their opposition to our government funded country wide rollout of fiber. It is real shame that Australia will probably not get this service for decades now.

Am I alone in feeling that this would just be unnecessarily fast. I'm quite content with broadband, let alone fiber optic broadband, let alone whatever-Google-can-dream-up. There's nothing I want that requires that much speed.

Over 1 Year Later it has finally come to fruition i see.

Still y Kansas City?

Also when is this coming to NYC :P I'm tired of the BS service i'm getting with TWC.

My company is installing fiber in Minneapolis right now with the same speeds. It will be nice if google joins us and helps us kick out comcast.

octafish:
Silly Americans don't you know you can acieve the same thing with satellite or two and some cell towers? At least that is what Australian conservatives keep telling us with their opposition to our government funded country wide rollout of fiber. It is real shame that Australia will probably not get this service for decades now.

The people who say things like that are probably the same type of people that thought SOPA could work...

esperandote:
not going to work until websites servers have it too.

Not true. The biggest benefit here is in the ability to download from multiple sources. Imagine being able to watch a 1080p YouTube video without waiting, and update a Steam game, and download a few torrents, all at once, all at high speeds. If individual hosts aren't keeping up, this still means no one website or download can bog down your internet.

P.S. Thanks

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