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Google Fiber Reviews: Google Fiber starts with a connection speed 100 times faster than today's average broadband. Google Fiber is a project to build an experimental broadband internet network infrastructure using fiber-optic communication in Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, following a selection process. Over 1,100 communities applied to be the first recipient of the technology.

Google Fiber Price

PlanTV + InternetInternetFree Internet
Cost$120/mo$70/moFree (for at least 7 years)
Installation$300 construction fee (waived with 2 year contract)$300 construction fee (waived with 1 year contract)$300 construction fee (one time or $25/mo for a year)
Internet Speed (Down / Up)1Gbps / 1Gbps1Gbps / 1Gbps5 Mbps / 1 Mbps
TV AccessYesNoNo
Storage2 TB DVR Storage
1 TB Google Drive1 TB Google DriveNone
Additional HardwareNexus 7 tabletNoneNone


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Jul 28 '12 at 09:48

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Selling products that already exist on the market for a loss qualifies as disruption? While most tech obsessed business journals exalt any new product line from Google, Apple, or any of the many briefly lived start-ups of silicon as the "greatest innovation since the internet" that will "disrupt the tech world as we know it", I feel that an additional criteria needs to be considered before putting technologies on a pedestal as "disruptions": A viable business plan.

All of the products included in this bundle are already offered: 1 Gb/s (and greater) internet (Verizon Fios), Cloud Storage (Box.net, Dropbox, a Multitude of others), TV over fiber (Verizon Fios), and a Tablet (Samsung, Apple, many others.) The only thing that sets them apart is that they will sell these products at a loss to a limited market segment as a publicity stunt. Disruption? I think not.

This offering will only last as long as Google is willing to sink millions of dollars into an unprofitable business. At some point, one of two things must happen: Google will raise its prices to a reasonable level, or Google will scrap the venture and sell off it's assets to one of the Cable Companies that is being "disrupted."

Verizon has been offering speeds equal to or greater than Google proposes in many markets for years. However, they have slowed their expansion of the service as they have not found it to be widely popular, and that the majority of consumers do not need this much bandwidth. I would love to see the broadband speeds of the United States increase, but I do not feel Google will contribute any more than a small flash in the pan.

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Jul 28 '12 at 09:58

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I can't wait until the day I get to tell Comcast to go fuck themselves, and then subsequently read about Comcast melting to $0, being delisted and having its CEO, CFO, President and other senior management team (as well as the family that controls it) sued into bankruptcy.

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Jul 28 '12 at 09:57

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Google Fiber Is The Most Disruptive Thing The Company's Done Since Gmail

Back when Gmail launched, the other free email providers like Hotmail and Yahoo Mail were offering less than 5MB of storage -- that's five megabytes. Google trumped them all with 1GB of free storage. With so much storage, there was no need to trash anything. You could archive it and keep it forever.

Better yet, Gmail's search meant you could easily find any email you wanted, even from years ago. There was no reason to put things into different folders, use flags, or any of the other tricks we used to keep track of mail on other platforms. Threaded conversations, while hated by some, were nonetheless a new and innovative way of keeping track of email chains with multiple parties.

Gmail also paved the way for Google's gradual move into business apps -- most Google enterprise sales still lead with Gmail. Apps is more of a nice but not entirely necessary add-on.

Google Fiber is like Gmail on many levels:

  • It exposes how slow the incumbents have been to innovate. Google Fiber makes the cable-based ISPs look pathetic. It promises to offer speeds up to 1,000Mbps downstream and upstream, for only $70 a month. That's theoretically fast enough to download a high-definition movie in under a minute, although speeds could still be constrained by bottlenecks on the distribution servers or elsewhere in the network. Comcast's best home package offers 50Mbps downstream and 10Mbps downstream. All Google Fiber customers also get 1TB of free storage. If they buy TV service for an extra $50 a month, Google will throw in a $200 Nexus 7 tablet to be used as a remote control. Google is also giving away -- for free -- a package that offers 5Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream. Google even thumbed its nose at the incumbents with a slide showing how slowly Internet access speed has been growing compared with compute power and storage (see above) -- which is exactly what one would expect to happen given the lack of competition most broadband ISPs face in most parts of the country.
  • Google used its hardware expertise. Google was able to get prices so low, in part, because it designed and built all the hardware for the system itself. This is a good reminder that although Google wasn't a consumer electronics company until recently, Google has actually been designing hardware for its data centers for more than a decade. It was this data center efficiency that allowed Gmail to offer way more free storage than competitors back in 2004.
  • It paves the way for new business areas. For Google, the main business purpose of Fiber is to give people faster Internet access, so they'll spend more time online -- where they're more likely to use a Google product and click a Google-sold ad. But just like Gmail unlocked an enterprise business, Fiber could unlock a whole new business as an ISP and TV provider. This isn't a loss leader -- Google CFO Patrick Pichette said yesterday that Google intends to make money on it.

This is what Google products used to be like before they started chasing Facebook with one social experiment after another.

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Jul 28 '12 at 09:54

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For $70 a month, Google Fiber offers an Internet hookup 100 times faster than average US broadband speeds, taking advantage of advanced networks of fiber-optic cables. It’s speedy enough to download an HD movie in a few seconds and it’s the type of network often called “future proof,” because it’s limited more by the computers sending information than by network speeds.

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Jul 28 '12 at 09:51

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