1Gbps is nice, but 10Gbps is better
Lucky residents in Kansas City and Provo, Utah can already sign up for 1Gbps Google Fiber service, and Austin, Texas isn't far behind. That's 100 times faster than the average American speed of 9.8Mbps (based on Akamai's State of the Internet 3Q2013), and yet it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Apparently bitten by the speed bug, Google is currently working on speeds of 10Gbps .
Google's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette revealed as much during the Goldman Sachs Technology Internet conference this week, USA Today reports .
"That's where the world is going, it's going to happen," Pichette said, adding that it could take a decade, but at the same time, "why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait."
Pichette didn't offer up too many details, such as whether 10Gbps service is something Google envisions offering to home users or just businesses. And of course it's far too early to talk about costs.
As it stands now, Google Fiber service in Kansas City and Provo runs $70/month for 1Gbps upload and download, and $120/month for 1Gbps Internet bundled with a full TV package with over 200 channels (HD included). Those who subscribe to the Internet and TV bundle also receive a Nexus 7 tablet.