Jul 272012
 
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It’s now time for the next big step in internet connection speeds. Some still find it hard to believe that, with the 5Mbps average in America, we started at only 56 Kbps on those old dial-up modems. Making an even more impressive jump in speed, Google Fiber’s fiberoptic internet now boasts speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second!

My first thought when it comes to ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and connection speeds is of the ever increasing costs for faster and faster internet. My own provider charges around $40/month for up to 6Mbps for basic high-speed. If you want to switch to the new Optik Internet prices start at around $55 for up to 25Mbps but you’re required to bundle that with TV service. In other words, I could never afford 1Gbps through my current provider.

Google Fiber has 3 internet packages. The first, and cheapest, option is actually free! There would be a 1-time installation fee of $300, or $25 for the first 12 months, but once that is paid you would have access to up to 5Mbps download speed or 1Mbps upload speed, the current average speed, for at least 7 years with no additional costs. Package 2 offers 1Gbps for download and upload, no data caps, and a 1Terabyte Google Drive for $70/month. The installation fee is waived and it requires only a 1-year contract, which makes it extremely reasonable based on my experiences. The final package is the best deal by far. Not only do you get all the perks of the previous package, you also get a TV box which will give you access to a huge line-up of popular channels, a $200 Nexus 7 Tablet to use as your remote (and I assume whatever else you can use it for), and a whopping 2 TB Storage Box to record all your favourite shows. It sure seems like a lot when you look at it, yet it too carries a pretty impressive price tag of only $120/month with a 2-year contract.

Unfortunately, this technology will take time to establish. Scheduled to start service in Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO in the fall, Google has not yet set dates for any other cities yet. If you are interested and happen to be in one of these two cities, now is the time to act. Pre-registration for the service has just started, and your designated ‘fiberhood’ needs to meet its pre-registration goal in order to get Fiber. Pre-register before the rally ends on September 9th and will not only will you help Google bring Fiber to your home, but you will also help to connect community services like schools, libraries, and hospitals with free Gigabit internet!

Click Here to read more about what Google Fiber offers and to Pre-Register : http://fiber.google.com/about/


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  • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

    With my current Cox service in Arizona I pay $79.99 per month for 50MBps downstream service right now, so if this were available to me this would be 1GBps for less than I pay now for 1/20th the speed.

    • http://facebook.com/samir.dragonblogger Samir Majhi

       @Dragon Blogger As for the situation in India, only the top most college (IIT Kharagpur) can boast of 1 Gbps internet :P Elsewhere it’s tough to even get 10 Mbps.

  • kstaxman

    Yes interesting to dream of such services but for most of us it’s a very long way in the future. We are still waiting for 4G phone based internet from any company herebut Sprint. All of this new technology just cost so much for the companies they wait until the have to use it.
     
    Especially since we have to take what they give us as and none really want to push to fast and kill the cash cow they have now. And while the Google experiment is nice to see it affects only those few lucky people who can get it. Google won’t roll it out across the country in my life time.
     
    In fact one of the big guns AT&T is pulling back on UVerse and now says it won’t be in most areas of the country now or most likely ever as they scale back their plans.
     
    So what we have is only token speed increases coming in the near term with the future cloudy as to when or even if some of these wonder systems every show up.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

       @kstaxman If Google succeeds and drives demand, it could force the cable/telecoms to play catch up and push forward with broadband initiatives.

      • kstaxman

         @Dragon Blogger That’s what we have to hope as I don’t see Google really rolling this service out to many places but you never know Google is big enough to pull it off. But in the mean time lets just hope that Google’s service makes some of the others think about giving much more bandwidth.

        • KonaLynnSankey

           @kstaxman  @Dragon Blogger Definitely! Google could definitely kill a lot of monopolies if given the chance, and I definitely won’t complain if there’s some honest competition!

    • KonaLynnSankey

       @kstaxman I, too, find it disappointing when I think about the wait until such a service is available in my area.  I’m currently in small-town Canada.  Even if I were in a major city like Vancouver I would probably have to wait a minimum of 5 years before Google would [be able to] consider bringing Google Fiber to Canada.

  • http://www.speakingoflove.net/ Sally Brown

    Hi Justin,
     
    There is no way I could afford such service except perhaps the #1 package.  I do hate that the internet providers have monopolies in their prospective ares.  They can really charge what they want because they are the only providers in certain areas.  I’m trying out ‘Clear’ right now to see how I like it.  This is my first day and so far it is doing great.  Google has it’s hand in everything.  Next thing we know, they’ll be running the country.  LOL  or not. 

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

       @Sally Brown Yeah, it is expensive but isn’t more than my $79.99 I pay now for Cox 50mbps broadband.

  • aneUm

    is the neuxs 7 tablet 8gb? i am greatly considering this as my new tv and internet service provider when it hits my home, though it doesn’t really matter if it’s 8gb, i just think 16gb would be the whipped cream on top of the icing on a cake.
    http://www.androidfamily.net/

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

       @aneUm It comes in both 8gb and 16gb versions.

    • KonaLynnSankey

       @aneUm I looked everywhere but couldn’t find specifics on the tablet.  I would assume it would be the 8GB, but definitely would be great if it was 16GB!

      • KonaLynnSankey

         @aneUm *the tablet that comes in the package

      • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

         @KonaLynnSankey  @aneUm If you go to Google’s site you can see the 8GB version for $199 or 16GB for $249 https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_7_16gb