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.
We had the opportunity to check out Google Fiber in Kansas City, Missouri, and can sufficiently say that it.is.fast! How fast? We took a picture of Google Fiber running a speed test below. Suffice it to say, browsing websites and watching videos felt like loading cached pages. You'll also find more images of the Google Fiber headquarters in our gallery.
What, a 100Mbps cable broadband connection isn't fast enough for you? Then you've only got one choice, my friend: switch to Verizon FiOS and bask in the 300Mbps fiber-tastic service the company unveiled a few months back. What, even 300Mbps isn't fast enough for you? Then maybe Comcast's apparent plans to launch a competing 305Mbps offering might wet your whistle, instead. (And if not, what the heck are you using all that speed for?)
Replacing physical media with streaming music, movies and more is a wonderful idea, but in order to do it, you need a big, open bandwidth pipe. Nobody's ever watched an HD version of "Mad Men" on a 768kbps connection, after all. Christmas in July came early for cord cutting Verizon FiOS customers; the company plans on increasing users' max download speeds by a factor of two-fold or more, depending on which plan you're currently subscribed to.
We’ve taken it as a sad fact that the US tends to lag behind the rest of the world in terms of broadband speeds. There’s no choice but to accept it, but it still sucks, especially when headlines keep popping up telling us how great they have it in London. A while back, we told you that Virgin Media was rolling out 1.5Gbps services, but only to small number of high-tech business. Now, a new ISP named Hyperoptic is promising to bring 1Gbps connections to the residential masses. There’s a catch, though.
The mythical speeds of Google Fiber have been just that until now – mythical. Like the leprechaun’s fabled pot of gold, the service’s high speed riches have existed only in lore, but as of late last week it now has a basis in reality. Even though the Goog’s still busy laying the fiber groundwork in Kansas Cities, a limited Beta apparently launched in a Stanford residential neighborhood recently.
Here's a fun little test you can perform at home that won't take much time. Head over to SpeedTest.net and click 'Begin Test' to measure your broadband speed. Now compare the results with what you're paying for. Is your ISP delivering the goods? If not, count yourself among the unlucky few, at least according to data from a government study released this week.