- Mar 30, 2004
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Here is a Google Fiber user describing his experience with using it.
Fiber user here. I've crossed the threshold into a new plane. This plane has a checkerboard pattern spanning the horizon, and it's full of reflective orbs. Every step I take I feel the internet on my now-immortal skin.
On the first day I could hardly comprehend the infinity. It happens to every Kansan, this feeling of "I - humanity - actually knows nothing compared to this." Many were driven to suicide from this revelation, but you would never have heard about it. We're simply in another dimension, where mortal news cannot report.
I feel no hunger, no thirst. My mortal afflictions are below me. I can't describe what it feels to be part of the Internet, in the literal sense, in any known language. We know no pain on this checkerboard plane.
I'm fairly certain that's only a few percentage points of hyperbole.
The entrenched TelCos have been sitting on their collective butts for years enjoying the near-monopoly, never seeking to better the internet they provide to their customers and never passing on the cost savings to the customer as the price of providing Internet constantly got cheaper.
What Google has done here has fundamentally lowered the cost of building and deploying a network. As more cities are added, it will continue to pummel existing ISPs on price and service.
Google Fiber offers 1 gigabit uploads and downloads for the relatively low cost of $70 per month. You can also pay a one time $300 fee to have them set up 5MB UL/DL speeds that have no monthly fee. It's free after the $300.
To put Google Fiber’s 1 gigbit connection in context, the average U.S. broadband service tops out at about 5.8 megabits per second, making Google Fiber roughly 100 times faster than most Americans’ Internet speeds, according to Google.
It may be years until we see Google Fiber in New Orleans. Until we do, Cox/Comcast will continue to make as much money as they can until they are forced to be competitive.
I cannot wait to drop Cox once this comes to my city.