The 13th most populated city in the United States is rumored to be getting the fastest Internet in North America.
Google has invited press and business leaders to a joint event in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, and all the rumors are pointing to a joint Google Fiber announcement. The service which made its debut in Kansas City to wide critical acclaim appears to be finally on the move once again, promising free Internet to casual users, and gigabit speeds for everyone else. The ability to download more in a data in a minute than the average user pulls down in a month is an awesome privilege, and it gives us hope that Google has aspirations of North American broadband domination beyond the borders of Missouri.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, meet your new spokesperson, Time Warner Cable.
Google's trying to pave the high-speed cyber highway with its Google Fiber Internet service, which is currently only available to the lucky residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Time Warner Cable could follow suit if it wanted to -- after all, it's already serving incredibly high-speed Internet service to businesses -- but the reason it isn't pursuing 1Gbps Internet service to consumers at this time is because, well, they don't want it.
Google just unveiled the pricing plans for the super-fast Google Fiber gigabit Internet service it's rolling out in the Kansas Cities in both Missouri and Kansas, and wow, subscribers get a lot for a little. Basic fiber-based gigabit Internet only costs $70; gigabit Internet plus TV (with a full channel lineup) costs $120 per month; and there's even an option to receive totally free Internet for at least 7 years.
Have you ever been watching a video download and found yourself saying, "You know, I'd really love it if I could download 23 episodes of this show in the time it took me to get to the end of the intro credits"? No? Us either. Nevertheless, faster Internet is always better Internet, and with a 1Gbps download rate, the cutting-edge cable technology demonstrated today by Comcast's CEO can fulfill almost anybody's need for speed.
As is well known, South Korea has been continuously voted the most popular destination among North Korean defectors ever since the Korean peninsular was cut into twain in 1948. The South Korean government now appears even more determined to retain the top spot in the hearts of North's emigrants, even if it takes a ridiculously fast 1Gbps internet connection to lure them to the country.
“I think in the future we will really see a data deluge - data will explode over the network. And you cannot handle that data traffic only through the mobile internet. Although there will be LTE, still you won't be able to handle all that traffic,” Lee Suk-Chae, chairman of Korea Telecom, told the BBC.
“Fixed line is essential to support that traffic and in that sense, I think people want to watch the content they want anywhere, anytime, and to satisfy their demands you need to have a strong network, maybe a gigabit internet.”
So how does this make you feel, Rest of the World?