Google Fiber is Wicked Fast!

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RAMISki

As long as the Dems and Reps keep trying to outbid each other with unearned entitlements and amnesty coupled with a porous border (for criminal invaders to utilize in the illegal occupation of the United States) as a means of buying votes, we will not have the quality of communications access that this nation deserves. Ditto for services of all sorts for legal, productive citizens.

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Hey.That_Dude

Wow. You were late to the party.

Anyways, the biggest threats to ftth has always been that everyone wants 4G and the lack of competition in the home internet area. One of those is a law makers issue. The other is a consumer issue. I've no idea how you get illegal aliens out of this.

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mikeyinbaja

I live in Baja California, and I can state that we get decent speeds in Mexico. 30 dollars for 10mbps down, 1mbps up, plus cable (not bad). I really dont need the upload its not like im seeding torrents. BUT DAMN!! that google speed..too much to handle i guess.
If I could Id go with Verizon Fios....but not complaining we could be worst off on speeds.

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MaximumMike

Ummm... Kansas and Missouri are both states. Kansas City is a city located in both Kansas and Missouri. Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas, Missouri.

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jonnyohio

I get 30mb down and 5mb up....well, theoretically. Sadly google will never come here, and our local ISP just doesn't compete at all. Their wireless is garbage and too expensive. They advertise online that they have a fiber network setup but no pricing or info about it. Then we get a notice about AT&T coming here, but Uverse is a joke. I've given up on the hope that verizon will bring FiOs here, as they have said they have no plans to expand. Sure other places have it worse, but its not about that: if there is a demand for something, service providers should be lining up to fill the demand, but they are not. Instead they say there is no demand for it. If I had the money, I'd build a fiber service right here in this small city, but unfortunately I don't have the cash or the know how to cut through all the bureaucratic red tape.

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Hey.That_Dude

I also bet you know nothing about peering.

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Hey.That_Dude

Fun story for everyone.
SO AT&T is the major ISP (along with Time Warner) in Austin, Tx. When asked why they didn't make a gigabit network in Austin AT&T's reply was "Well we would love to, but we didn't get the same deal as Google did." To which the City of Austin said "By law, we are required to offer the same benefits to you as we do to Google. You just have to pursue it." AT&T never did publicly respond to that comment.

Moral of the story: Google is kicking ISP's in the pants and bringing the ISP's lies to the forefront.

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John Pombrio

Driving me crazy. Everyone here is using a different measure of bandwidth, including one I never used. There is Gb,MBs,MB/s,Mb/s, Mbs, mb,mbs,mb/s,Mbps,and the new one Gbps.

Since Speedtest is in Mbps, I usually publish that 32 Mbps down, 7.6 Mbps up.

Now torrents use straightforward kB/s up to MB/s. Mine will usually run at 3.0 MB/s on a well seeded download with peaks as high as 3.6.

This speed is plenty for me with little waiting for stuff. Netflix runs smooth and downloads are fast. All I could ask for.

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MaximumMike

Why though? It's all basic math to convert between one and the other. The only one's you listed that are technically erroneous are 'Gb' and 'mb', as they aren't a measure of speed. But all the others are perfectly acceptable notations for data transmission speeds. Oh, and I guess the lowercase 'm' is technically incorrect as well. It should always be capitalized. But still it should be apparent what the intention is.

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gmvolk

I want this so bad. I'm lucky to get 2-3M downloads and maybe 1-2 up. With 4 people in the house we could each watch a different show on netflix or hulu AND still have bandwidth to spare. Lucky Kansas bastards! Maybe it's time to move.

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d3v

I live in a 3rd world country and my internet connection is just 1Mbps.

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stradric

I've used some fast internet before, but I've never seen anything even close to 0.1Gbps. 0.8Gpbs is insane. I could never come close to fully utilizing that. I get 60/40 Mbps on FiOS, which only few sites can max out (like Steam).

99% of people couldn't use that much bandwidth right now. In 10 years when 4K video is ubiquitous, I'd imagine that tune will change. We're going to need some pretty beefy pipes to squeeze down 4K resolution from Netflix.

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Mikey109105

It's not wicked fast where I live, where my only choice is the scum of the earth cable company. Our local government's been pushing for Verizon to finish their fiber line, but we all know how much Verizon gives a damn about competition. So now we're stuck with high priced cable internet connection that brings a grand total of a hoping low 18 Mbps compared to the much faster fiber connections.

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ike301

As a former Comcast,Time Warner & Cox customer, who is now a Verizon Fios customer, I could not be happier. This of course is for those lucky enough to live in the areas of the original build out plan.

They have more bandwidth then they know what to do with, which is why they are able to offer increases in speed for an additional 10 bucks a month. I moved from 20/5 to 50/25, but I'm reaching higher speeds than that most times. For Internet and TV I'm paying $89.99 + tax

I have 3 TV's in the house, with 2 teenage boys, who are constantly gaming or streaming content on line, along with my activities, and we never hit a bottleneck if we are all online at the same time. I really cannot complain about anything.

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DarkQuark

I do not understand what all the hype is about.

You could have a 10gb pipe but anything serving you content won't so it does not matter much.

Plus the real challenge with Broadband is not the speed, its getting it out to everyone.

I do not see really this being more than a PR campaign disguised as a good deed. Which is pretty much par for Google.

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RtDK

So when the hell are the REST of us getting it...?

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Mikey109105

Probably in a million years when Google starts to care.

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furball146

Just because it says Google...it doesn't make it better.

Do a review when there's 25K+ subscribers on that same pipe...

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Sir Hobbes3

Yeah, i agree. Will your speeds be the same when theres a bunch of people streaming netflix and downloading 5+ gig games off steam? My local ISP has fiber for business but its only 40megs.

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HKUSPC40

All I care about is dumping the Comcast monopoly like a high school girlfriend. Tell Google to bring that to Seattle because I'm sick of getting raped...

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EZ Ridah

Actually Seattle will be getting GB internet some time in 2014 (could be as little as 3 months, could be a year). I'd say you're one of the luckier ones. Who knows when this will ever come to my city.

http://bgr.com/2013/06/25/google-fiber-like-speeds-seattle/

http://seattletimes.com/html/technologybrierdudleysblog/2019895705_post_62.html

http://gigabitseattle.com/

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Sir Hobbes3

What would i do with internet that fast? Download every game off steam while streaming netflix and watching a live stream or something ridiculously stupid. Dang, 835 mbps??? I have 1.5mb/s DSL because i live in a rural area.

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vrmlbasic

All their billions and Google can't hire some better architects for their building, or at the very least some landscapers to remove the weeds?

That observation makes me feel slightly better about my slower internet speed. Right now, Verizon is the middleman between me and Google. Might as well jump straight to Google and make it easier for them and the NSA to mine my data.

BTW, did it really take 4 monitors to display that test screen;is the black "plus" in the picture something else?

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wolfing

what would I do with that speed? hmm... nothing really. When I used 9600 baud (that's basically 1.2K/s for the youngsters), it was slow. When I switched to a 56k modem (so 7K/s), I thought it was the awesome. Then I went to half cable (down 1MB, up used telephone line), I thought ZOMG!!!. Then came full cable (that didn't need me to dial up anymore woohoo!). But there came a time where it just didn't matter anymore, I think that happened at about 10Mbps (right now it's 30, cable company Comcast just ups it when they feel like it without charging extra). So, 10, 30, 100Mbps... don't think I'll feel a difference. Of course I don't have teen kids downloading warez and HD movies so maybe I would notice it if that was the case :)

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misterz100

Northern Ontario, Sudbury only choices are Bell DSL (Super shit)
Eastlink (good but only 1mb/s upload if you want unlimited bandwidth, which I have) and BellFiberOP Basic come with 20down 15up (very good but not available at my house but is down the road DX)

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chronium

Check out Teksavvy they use the Bell network and have much more reasonable prices.

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Gezzer

Wow, must be nice. You guys should try being a Canadian.
These are my two and only two choices I have.

http://www.shaw.ca/internet/plans/
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http://telus.com/content/internet/

So while cable does offer some high speeds, if you are willing to give them an arm, leg, or your first born. When I had them in my complex they were erratic and had really bad pings, so I switched to the telco.
Good pings but the most I can get from the telco is 6Mbs.
Both companies say that to get anything higher the complex I live in will have to pay for a complete infrastructure upgrade. Too many retirees live here to be willing to foot the bill for that.

So I'm pretty much looking at 6Mbs till I die or move.

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John Pombrio

What Canada and most of the US have is the envy of many countries of the world, we have land, lots of land, huge amounts of land, and no one living on it. Canada is 228th country in population density and the US 179. And we are 1st world countries, all the rest are mostly desert.
So in order to run high speed internet connections through such vast areas (with a bunch of people who insist in living in the middle of nowhere), it is really impossible to have the internet infrastructure of South Korea (23rd) or Japan (38th). South Korea and Japan also have rugged mountains that are unusable for living on so packs the people in even more densely. We have many advantages including mineral and oil resources, navigable waterways, ports on both oceans, and and abundance of arable land.
Slow rollout of high speed internet is a given considering our size (God help Russia!) Be thankful for what we have.

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yammerpickle2

Even my wife started to cuss out my service provider after seeing these numbers. 52.5 times faster downloads, and 415 time faster uploads for the same price. I hope Google spreads like wild fire to my area.

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PCWolf

Dear Maximum PC. Thank for making my weekend a bad one. Thank you for letting me know just how slow & lame my ISP is with their so-called fast 15Mbs service, & showing me how much faster it could be. Sadly, without competition, Most ISP's are happy to charge Maximum Prices for the Slowest Possible Speeds. Internet Service in this country (Speedwise) is a Bad Joke & the rest of the World's Internet Users are Laughing at us. I'm gonna go cry myself to sleep now.

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AFDozerman

Duuh! I'd read MaxPC!

In all seriousness, though, I really don't use internet at all without a VPN in light of recent events. That can really kill ping and bandwith, This MIGHT mitigate some of those issues, assuming my VPN provider has fast internet, too. Othher than that, those high upload speeds would make running my own personal cloud SOO much easier.

I also find it interesting that upload was faster than download.

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infinityeagle

You should come to Chattanooga and try our fiber. The local power company installed fiber to the area it serves, at speeds from 50 Mbps to 1000 Mbps. I just ran a speed test (using speedtest.net)Ping 1ms, Download 57.60 Mbps, Upload 51.79. That is the SLOWEST speed they offer.

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Blackheart-1220

what's the point of Internet so fast if SOPA is back?

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PCWolf

Only people who talk like you are people who have never experienced a "Steam Summer Sale"

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Peanut Fox

THERE IS ANOTHER SUMMER SALE?!

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akrazyassho

So am I the only one that would love to know what the ping is on this?

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llcoolveer

i live in the Netherlands and we have the 4th fastes network on the globe....it brings you,me and mr'Dickhead my neigbour absolutely NOTHING...!! We don't need it....my current 60mb connection(cable) is allready that fast that my EVGA X79 Hackintosch sais"articles are faster then the could writen to disk"...so if it comes to hospitals,campusses or industrial inviroments i see the benefit....for home use definately not...and you can have fancy fiber,but 99% doesn't have it...so it becomes as fast the bottlenecks on the way....like driving on the interstate highway or Autobahn wich stops and becomes a dirtroad....

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PCWolf

Just because you don't need it, does not mean others wont. What if you are living in a house where there are more then 4 people using the internet at once & everybody wants to watch Streaming Movies, Download Stuff, or play online games at the same time? Do you think a slow as hell 15mb connection is going to handle that? NO WAY!! You need at least 50mb! So just because you are alone & 60mb is to much for you, it does not mean that there are others who don't need it.

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Hey.That_Dude

I'm going to go with "The only reason you're going faster than your disk is because most of the people who host websites have really shite connections so that they can make an easy profit." As far as I know every disk I own is about as fast as Gigabit Ethernet is (125MB/s).

Personally, I think the only things that's going to change is that we're going to see a little catch-up to the almost standard 40Gb hauling our data on the trunk. Not a big catch-up, I think the average in the next few years in going to boost toward 70-100Mb/s, at least in the USA. ISP's have been busy overhauling their networks like mad (although almost all of it is going toward mobile internet haul). Let's face it, there is no reason to be just over 3 orders of magnitude slower than the trunks (soon to be 4 with the roll out of new DWM 100Gb fibers).

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Carlidan

Probably don't need it now. But to say it won't benefit consumer is wrong. As content becomes bigger in size the more bandwidth we will need. You also forget most people have multiple computer running in the house. So bandwidth is shared and it will bog as more users you have in your house. And when fiber comes to most houses, people might switch to more online television than cable TV. So again more bandwidth is being used.