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Watch as they turn around and impose a 10GB limit. lolololol
But Seth, why should Google Fiber eat its heart out ?!! As you recognise in the article text, using the power of example to force US ISPs to finally provide better and faster services was and is the obvious point of the whole game for Google ; they hardly envisaged going into the fibre-cable business in a big way....
Just pointing out that for all the hullabaloo around Google Fiber (perpetuated by lots of people, including myself), other ISPs are now jumping in to bring gigabit Internet to the market. This, in contrast to TWC's lame attempts to "compete"...
Also, I don't believe that Google is launching gigabit networks *merely* to force ISPs into action--rather, it's a really terrific side effect of Google Fiber rollouts. And why wouldn't Google want to become a major ISP? Sounds lucrative to me, especially if they can do it better and cheaper than everyone else. Plus, then they'd have that much more control over the Internet.
Man, honestly I don't think we know Google's true intention yet. I know KC was a big test for them to see if they could do it as what cost. Obviously it was a success so now they are moving to other cities and ISPs have been put on notice with CenturyLink and AT&T planning to offer gigabit speeds. I think Google would be stupid to not try and turn a profit from this but I could see them staying limited if the competition starts doing massive gigabit roll outs at decent prices.
$150 a month is a bit steep for the majority of people I would think. I certainly couldn't afford that. Google Fiber is less than half that at $70 a month. I applaud their effort, but hopefully over time as this speed becomes more commonplace the price premium will steadily decline.
I can't wait to see the evolution of the internet once bandwidth issues for the majority of the population are a thing of the past. The internet has always evolved faster in design and implementation than it has with speed (feels like a never ending game of catch-up). Perhaps for the first time in history we will finally have enough speed plus room to grow, allowing us nearly limitless potential.
The sad thing is, I can see that happening! XD
Well considering that Verizion is 170+ and AT&T Uverse is 160+ (I used to pay $167 for 24 down and U300) and all the other Internet and cable companies charge about the same after discounts are taken away its not really. That and what you get for it assuming they don't put a cap on it isn't to bad. I would like to see it lower and I'd also hope in time after alot of the country gets it that they will get into price wars which is better for us.
ROFL sadly CL is even more full of garbage than Cox Communications at least in my instance. If you live on one side of Omaha you can have gigabit speed , prism premier, and phone for only 189...
Meanwhile on my side of town same goddamn city b.t.w., I only get 3 MBS internet, Direct TV, with less channels and phone for 159 !!!!
Cox Communications sucks but it sucks equally across the board. it isn't any faster on the side of town where the Cox executives reside.
I'll kindly stating that Century Link can kiss my fuzzy $%^&* @#$. Come on GOOGLE "SAVE OMAHA FROM BOTH OF THESE MORONIC SERVICE PROVIDERS I'M BEGGING YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"