Discuss: Google Fiber

April 2, 2010 at 06:24:15
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.9 GHz / 3836 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about Google's plan to setup a fiber network with speeds of over 1 gbps to residential users. Discuss here what you think about consumers getting such high speeds at relatively low cost, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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April 2, 2010 at 08:00:07
I really haven't followed this so I am not up to speed on what costs would be but I am sure that if they are comparible with cable and DSL when it becomes available in the area many will jump on it. I've noticed this to be the bottle neck I think for many of the high end computer builders. A 3.8ghz processor and 8-12gigs of ram sound good but when you hook it to a dsl light connection your only going to get so much out of it.

On a lighter note just think of the music that can be pirated with this versus a 786kbts connection. lol


I want to go like my grandfather did. Peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming at the top of my lungs like the passengers in his car.


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April 2, 2010 at 08:51:04
Like money: you can always use a little bit more.

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April 2, 2010 at 12:52:05
Somebody will find a way to slow it down.

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April 2, 2010 at 15:39:45
A Gb connection would be good for bragging rights, but I don't think I'd be able to use even 5% of that kinda bandwidth. Windows Update can't even saturate my 15 mb/s cable connection anymore--not even close.

Steam and MegaUpload are the only services I use that can sometimes hit my max speed. Last night I downloaded the latest, uh, Linux distro at a steady 1.8MB/s (14.4 mb/s). ;)

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April 2, 2010 at 16:13:57
Somebody will find a way to slow it down.

Yeah Fred;probably me. The fiber has to stop somewhere and I use wires to connect everything.

Like jackbomb, if 1Gb eventually translates to ~2MBIT/s or even better, we're still not much ahead of where we're sittin' now.

And what's gonna be the cost of the service (they say competitive with current offerings) and equipment?

The Google/Earthlink free wireless venture in 2006 never went anywhere except that many municipal taxpayers got to foot the bill for installing a crapload of fiber underground. We got to foot that bill in the late 1990's and about all we got for it was the ability to synchronize traffic lights.

One thing for sure; Google is gettin' plenty of free advertising from this.


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April 8, 2010 at 14:29:05
Mindful of the principle that any network connection is only as fast as the slowest link it is not going to be of much use except for the afore mentioned bragging rights.

The deciding factors is how fast the remote computer can spew out data and if that can't keep up you are only going to get what it can give. I don't think there are many servers that can provide 1Gbs to multiple connections.


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April 15, 2010 at 00:32:13
1 GBPS??? For residential? Wow!

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