February 17th, 2014
The U.S. has slow internet. It sucks. The giant iron fists of a handful of monopolistic ISPs continue to pound the weak, helpless masses. One bright spot in the dark, depressing wasteland has been Google Fiber, Google’s one gigabit high-speed internet service. Of course, Google Fiber is only in a few select areas–so looking to it as some sort of high-speed savior is ill-advised. But hey, they’re trying.
Now, it looks like the company wants to make their offering even faster. A lot faster. And they want to do so in a shorter time frame than you might expect. Sadly, you’ll probably never see it anywhere near your house.
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that the company is currently working on bringing fiber of up to 10 gigabits per second–10 times the already blazing speed (at least in an American context) they currently offer.
He also referenced Google’s “obsession with speed.”
And in terms of when we might see this, Pichette threw out three years as a possibility.
“That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen…why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait,” said Pichette (via USA Today)
Google Fiber is currently up and running in Kansas City and a handful of surrounding areas–as well as Provo, Utah. It’s also moving into Austin, Texas soon. Google charges $70 a month for their gigabit internet, and $120 a month if you add on a TV package.
Like I said before – all of this is great for Provo, Kansas City, Austin, and the additional cities that Google will no doubt bring the service to in the coming years. But for the rest of us? Well, the sad truth is that most of us are unlikely to see 10 gigabit fiber–or anything like it. Some analysts have calculated that the cost of bringing Google Fiber to most of the U.S. would be about $11 billion, or about 4% of Google’s current net worth.
While 10 gigabits per second isn’t even close to the fastest network in the world, it’s pretty damn fast. And compared to what most of us in America are used to, well, it’s downright blazing.
January 27th, 2014
In a strange turn of events, it’s looking the internet outage suffered by hundreds of millions was due to simple error.
January 6th, 2014
For the past few years, a common complaint among tech circles is that Internet access in the United States is slow and spotty, especially when compared to the rest of the world. It all started to change last year when Google Fiber launched in Kansas City thus inspiring other cities to ditch corporate monopolies, and offer their residents better speeds at half the price. Despite the rise in gigabit connectivity, a new report finds that the United States is still well behind the curve when it comes to Internet access and speeds.
December 9th, 2013
Africa has the potential to be the next great epicenter of economic development. It just needs a push in the right direction, and Google’s latest project may just be the push it needs.
November 21st, 2013
Last night, Stephen Colbert’s guest on The Colbert Report was reddit co-founder and open internet advocate Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian is promoting his new book, Without Their Permission, where he explores “the future of the internet for fun, profit, and the good of humankind.”
October 21st, 2013
Researchers at the University of Buffalo are developing an underwater wifi network for use at sea. Alas, hold your horses – This doesn’t mean there will be any Snapchatting, Instagramming, Facebookery, Tweeting, Vining, Myspacing, Google Plussing, Tumbing, Flickring, Foursquaring, Goodreading, Pinning or Yelping underwater any time soon. The program is intended for more practical uses, like monitoring ocean life and for helping to give advance warning of tsunamis.
September 23rd, 2013
If you’re experience issues with Gmail, it’s probably not your fault. Google has confirmed that the service is suffering a small “disruption” that is affecting a small portion of users.
September 16th, 2013
Netflix put out its first Regional ISP Speed Index Snapshot looking at the greater Boston area. We’ll be seeing more of these regional reports to come.
August 26th, 2013
Google announced that Leawood, Kansas’ City Council has voted to make the town the 14th Kansas City area to get Google Fiber.