Jul 27, 2012

What are the chances that Google Fiber will be launched nationwide?

I live in a midsize US city, and the fastest internet I can get at home is mediocre DSL. Luckily, my office has some higher speed options, but that just serves to accentuate the difference when I get home. When I read about Google Fiber launching in Kansas City, and that if residents paid a $300 installation charge, they could get 1GB download speeds with no additional charges for 3 (I think) years, I ran a speedtest. Yeah, I'm not feeling too great at my 2.6 MB download speedtest result right now. 2.6MB vs. 1GB, man, that isn't even a contest, and I pay a lot more than $300 for 3 years of service. So what are the chances that Google will take Google Fiber beyond Kansas City anytime soon? I would reach for my wallet so fast that I would probably pull a muscle if it was an option.

Same here

As A Kansas Citian, I can correct some misconceptions about Google Fiber.  There are 2 plans for speed.


1- I have the option of paying a $300 one time fee and receiving 'average internet speed' for 7 years.

2- I have the oprion of paying $70/month for Gigabit speed.


The third opetion is not technically internet speed, Google will offer TV and Gigabit for $120/Month.








I think it might be 2-4 years because I was reading the other day that the FCC (Federal Communicatons Commision) wanted to help google set up fiber nationwide. Correct me if im wrong.

With google fiber you don't get 1GB (Gigabyte) you get 1Gb (Gigabit) which is only 125MB (Megabyte). 


You do not need to pay $300 if you get the $70 or $120 plan


The $300 dollars is for installing google fiber in your home. You can either pay the whole $300 upfront or pay $25 a month for 1 year. Then for the next 6 years you will have google fiber for free which will be 5Mb (Megabit) up and 5Mb (Megabit) down.


You need to relize that "gigabyte" speed is actualy 1000mbps. You can only get gigabyte speeds when connected over ethernet. Wifi dosent connect at that high of speeds and is actually at 125mbps. You can only fully understand this when you know that ethernet is always faster than wifi!

Lots of incorrectness in this response. There are gigabits and gigabytes. 8 bits in a byte so 1 gigabit per second equals about 125 megabytes per second (MBps).
Generally the fastest Ethernet that you will have at home will be gigabit ethernet. I say generally because there is a higher spec at 10 gbps (1.25 GBps) but it is incredibly expensive for the switches. You can bond multiple gigabit Ethernet connections but that is uncommon. And why would you because the fastest Internet is 1 gbps. Now in terms of Wifi, the fastest spec is AC and some routers offer bonding of channels and I've seen throughput of up to 1.9 gbps. This theoretical speed is twice as fast as gigabit Ethernet. So it is inaccurate to say that ethernet is always faster than Wifi.

I live in Kansas City, MO but CANNOT get Google Fiber!!!!

Zip Code 64133


Its good that companies like Verizon with their GPON fiber network and Google with their fiber are upgrading the country's backbone of networking technology, even though its only gradual for now. Japan or South Korea (or even europe for that matter) is way ahead in terms of bandwidth for price. Having a fiber network can allow a lot of headroom for upgrading speeds and services.

Google does TV over its Fiber network which  you think "TV over FIBER!? 4K resolution broadcast and beyond, man...". Also if you're currently a Comcast customer with a 25  or  50 megabit package, those are getting DOUBLED this month (it may already have happened when you have read this) for NO extra charge. America's network operators are finally realizing how much the internet has grown to host video conversation and streaming HD videos or movies.

I wouldn't hold your breath for it, you'd better off moving to an area that offers superior service. As noted in another message, it will take Google quite a long time to have significant penetration in that industry.

I think that is a long ways out.  Just installing the fiber in one city is going to take 1.5-2 years for Google.  Now, I think that is actually pretty impressive starting from scratch.  Remember providers like AT&T and Comcast had cable and copper lines already in place when they built their networks.  As a result, Google can't rely on any legacy copper pre-fiber infrastructure to fill in gaps even temporarilry.  They have to create the whole enchilada.  Google has nothing when they leave the starting blocks, and that includes poles.  Google also has to establish a consumer oriented business division.  Have you ever called a customer service line at Google when you have a problem with any of their products?  Yeah, me neither.  That might fly with free services, but not when you have service that people depend on for EVERYTHING. 


I think it is great that Google is doing this.  More competition is a good thing.  Still, I do not expect to see Google Fiber roll out nationally anytime soon because of practical difficulties, but maybe within the next 10 years or so it will have reached major markets in the US.   

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