4TB SSDs, CrossFire/SLI cross compatibility, and more!
For as much as technology has evolved over the years, there’s still plenty of things we still want. Where are our stock 4GHz Intel processors? Where are massive 4TB SSDs? *Sigh* A tech enthusiast can dream, we suppose.
Google has announced plans to investigate the possibility of expanding its Google Fiber service to nine metro areas in the United States. Having set up its network system in Kansas City (KS), Austin (TX), and Provo (UT), Google is looking to branch out and discover how feasible it will be to bring its service to other areas.
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.
In-demand fiber service coming to only a handful of places
Google has been laying low about plans to bring its exponentially quick Google Fiberservice to areas around the United States, and we took you to its first point of installation in Kansas City back in September to check out the facility and demo for yourself. Since then, the service has only been rolled out to one additional location: Provo, Utah. It's a slow-going process, with Google having only announced one additional locale for 2014: Austin, Texas.
Honoring 20 years of the World Wide Web by looking forward at the future of broadband Internet
Broadband has evolved considerably over the last decade or so in the United States. Whereas just a few years ago, large parts of the country were relegated to pokey 56K dial-up connections over standard phone lines, now multi-megabit broadband connections are commonplace and speed increases are being introduced regularly. In fact, in some test markets, broadband at gigabit speeds is on the way. And yes, that’s gigabits with a “G,” as in roughly 17,800x more bandwidth than 56K dial-up.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
Google's plans to bring a face-meltingly fast 1Gbps Internet connection to Kansas Cities (in both Missouri and Kansas) took a big step towards becoming reality today. After haggling with city officials about wire placement on utility poles, a deal was finally struck, and the company is ready to get down to brass tacks and start actually laying fiber.
A net neutrality bill may be hacking its way through Washingtonian red tape as we speak, but its long-term success is far from certain. If you remember correctly, one of the matches that lit the neutrality debate was the threat of ISPs charging extra to provide quick access to popular websites like Google. Google, obviously, wants none of that crap. The company's plan to roll out 1Gbps fiber Internet to Kansas Cities (both of them) is not only a great community outreach program, it makes the Goog its own ISP – and the project's one step closer to reality.
If Comcast’s 105Mbps service costs $199.95 per month (in select markets), then naturally 1Gbps service should cost around $2,000 a month right? Well according to scrappy independent ISP sonic.net, $69.99 sounds much more reasonable, and they plan to put their money where their mouth is. The company has committed to rolling out 1Gbps fiber service to around 700 homes in the Sebastopol California area, and will study the results over the next few months to prove that its possible to offer such a high tier of service for $70, and still remain profitable.
In a lot of ways, Verizon's FiOS service has always been about showing off more than it's been about making money. Back in August Verizon proved that again when they created an experimental 1Gbps fiber network in Massachusetts. Now here we are again talking about Verizon's fiber trials. But as DSL Reports tells us, this time they've hit 10Gbps.
The test was done using a pre-release standard XG-PON2 system designed by Alcatel-Lucent. The endpoint of the network was seeing true 10Gb up and downstream connections. This is all well and good, but it's not hitting your street anytime soon. Verizon is still rolling out their 100Mb GPON-based FiOS. The XG-PON2 standard is far from complete as well. XG-PON1 isn't even ratified yet.
Still, it's nice to see this technology exists. It's comforting to know that someday when the rest of our PCs catch up, 10Gb internet may be waiting for us.
Google has just announced the next step in their plans to build out super high-speed fiber internet in the US. The Big G will be building a fiber network capable of 1Gbps speeds for Stanford University's Residential Subdivision. This is a group of about 850 faculty and staff owned home on the Stanford campus. Google will be starting the project in early 2011.
This is separate from Google's Fiber for Communities initiative to gift super broadband to a few small to medium cities around the US. Google clarified that this Stanford rollout was a sort of "beta test" for the eventual fiber deployments elsewhere. We can't say we're surprised, seeing as Google loves their beta tests.
Google decided to go with Stanford because the school was willing to have their streets worked on to install the fiber, it had a manageable number of homes, and it's just so darn close to Google HQ. We also wouldn't be surprised if there were some Stanford Alums working at Google.