Google Fiber Promises to Deliver FREE 1Gbps Broadband Internet Access to Select Cities!

Google has just announced that it will be delivering some super-fast, free public internet for select cities in the U.S.

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Certainly, this has got many city mayors excited, even the mayor of Sarasota, Florida jumping in a pool full of sharks.

The mayor of Duluth, Minn., threw himself into the ice-ringed waters of Lake Superior. The mayor of Sarasota, Fla., immersed himself in a tank filled with bonnethead sharks, simply to one-up him. The mayor of Wilmington, N.C., said that he would even jump out of an airplane — with a parachute, of course.

1Gbps internet will be about 100 times faster than existing 99% of 100Mbps residential networks. I for one, would love to see this coming soon to San Francisco.

What’s does Google benefit from this?

Google will be able to crush outdated DSL/Cable providers in the U.S. today, hopefully bringing some competition to the ISP market so ISP companies start doing something about the slow internet in the U.S., not just sit on their lazy arses and keep making money.

Plus, having faster speeds to the internet means more internet users in general. This sorta “expands” Google’s current market, which could actually benefit anyone who’s using the internet to market their business.

FYI, the internet access speed/costs in the U.S. is still far behind the rest of the world. Why? All because ISP providers in the U.S. have a monopoly, they have no real “motivation” to quickly improve their networks because they are making so much money already with outdated networks.

I am crossing my fingers that this will help the ISP market and in the end that we all benefit and enjoy faster internet in the U.S.

Read more about Google Fiber here

via nytimes

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