Google Fiber: 1000 Mb/s coming to Kansas City

Kansas City is getting Google Fiber:

http://fiber.google.com/about/

I'm so jealous.

Super pedantic mode: "1000 milli per second? Millibytes? Isn't that the same as 1 byte per second?" (Solution: Your units should be "Mb/s", megabits per second.)

It is in megabits per second. 1000 megabits per second equals 125 megabytes per second which is faster than a lot of modern non-SSD hard drives.

I am surprised they don't go after hotels and apartment complexes. So long as there is a decent number of maximum connections, it would probably save them a lot of money.

Austin was one of the runners-up for the initial Google Fiber for Communities project. I'm hoping that means we'll be one of the next cities to get it.

We'll never get it here in the SF Bay Area. It is kinda ironic no?

We still don't have FIOS or any semblance of a reasonable alternative here.

This is good news. I seriously hope this spreads and goes nationwide. Comcast and AT&T are in serious need of competition. Overcharging, and delivering a sh*tty product with even sh*ttier support.

fangblackbone wrote:

We'll never get it here in the SF Bay Area. It is kinda ironic no?

We still don't have FIOS or any semblance of a reasonable alternative here.

I think Alameda has dark cable under parts of it. Rumor has it that it was about to be deployed until their municipal cable co / ISP went bottom up and sold itself to Comcast.

Sonic.net is running it in Sebastopol and has stated they would run it any other community where they have 30% subscribership.

Jeff-66 wrote:

This is good news. I seriously hope this spreads and goes nationwide. Comcast and AT&T are in serious need of competition. Overcharging, and delivering a sh*tty product with even sh*ttier support.

Comcast on Tuesday unveiled its new “platinum” Xfinity broadband tier that promises speeds of up to 305Mbps, slightly higher than the 300Mbps promised by Verizon FiOS’ top tier. The catch is that the new Xfinity tier will set users back $300 a month, or $90 more than what FiOS subscribers pay for their top-tier service. GigaOm does say, however, that Comcast’s lower tiers are cheaper than comparable tiers from Verizon, as 50Mbps FiOS costs around $75 per month while 50Mbps Xfinity costs around $59 per month if bundled with other services.

I can only imagine that all that famed KC barbeque means people need their Google Fiber.

Really, "Google Fiber"? That's the best they can do?

Also, BRING THIS TO THE TWIN CITIES NOW.

What we really need is a Google city wide wireless plan. These new wireless carrier plans are f***ed up and it is only going to get worse.

*Legion* wrote:

Austin was one of the runners-up for the initial Google Fiber for Communities project. I'm hoping that means we'll be one of the next cities to get it.

Please be right. Oh god please be right.

Dammit, I want this or something like this so bad. Every state in the nation needs more things like this and EPB in Tennessee.

AnimeJ wrote:

Dammit, I want this or something like this so bad. Every state in the nation needs more things like this and EPB in Tennessee.

Yeah, I've been a bit jealous of Chattanooga for awhile.

Surely I'm not the only one uncomfortable with google owning the very wiring of the internet (granted only for a portion of the US mainland) ?

Hypatian wrote:

Super pedantic mode: "1000 milli per second? Millibytes? Isn't that the same as 1 byte per second?" (Solution: Your units should be "Mb/s", megabits per second.)

Ha! Oops! Thank you! Changed!

krev82 wrote:

Surely I'm not the only one uncomfortable with google owning the very wiring of the internet (granted only for a portion of the US mainland) ?

I wouldn't get too worried as long as there is competition, but yes privacy concerns do come up.

krev82 wrote:

Surely I'm not the only one uncomfortable with google owning the very wiring of the internet (granted only for a portion of the US mainland) ?

Given that it's local networks and not backbone cabling, I can't see why you'd have an issue. At least Google as an ISP isn't going to bend me over the metaphoric barrel and do things to my wallet that would make Gabe Newell cringe.

Yeah but when your connection inexplicably drops for hours at a time they'll just say "hey, it's a beta!".

I preregistered on the first day, and my neighborhood was the 2nd in the city to hit the target # of signups. I cannot wait to drop Time Warner. I'm thinking I may just go for the internet-only package (1Gbps up & down, $70/month), rather than the internet + Fiber TV (same internet speed, 1TB DVR, 1TB cloud storage, free Nexus 7 tablet, $120/month), as I really haven't been missing cable TV since dropping it a few months back. I have a few neighbors who plan to go in on the "slow" package ($300 setup fee, no further charges ever for 1mb up/5 mb down).

Jeff-66 wrote:

This is good news. I seriously hope this spreads and goes nationwide. Comcast and AT&T are in serious need of competition. Overcharging, and delivering a sh*tty product with even sh*ttier support.

I agree. I just hope it doesn't become illegal like those other start ups.

Got hooked up this afternoon. Verdict so far: awesome.

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That's on my laptop, which has a built in gigabit ethernet card. My desktop--which is my main gaming machine--has a 10/100 card. At least, until I can hit up Microcenter this weekend. After that, I'll report back once I've had time to log in to Tribes Ascend...but I suspect that I'll still be just a competent player. I don't think it's like the old days of the original Tribes, where low ping meant everything.

The TV stuff is bonkers. 8 simultaneous recordings. Still, I may not keep that part of the package. I've gone so long with just internet+WMC/antenna that I may go back to it.

conejote wrote:

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It breaks my heart that I will leave Austin right as Fiber rolls in. I just try not to think about it.

I can't wait until this stuff gets up North! You are down in midtown, right? I am up by Zona Rosa so it isn't even scheduled for us yet - they are getting midtown then OP is my understanding.

I'm hoping it will migrate South from Austin and hit San Antonio...

Hey, we all have our dreams, ok?

EPB, a couple weeks ago, started delivering cheap gigabit service in the Chattanooga area. The old speed classes were 50, 100, 250, and 1000 megabits... they've now condensed everything into two speed grades, 100Mbit, at $58, and gigabit, at $70. (why someone wouldn't go for 900 megabits for an extra 12 bucks is kind of beyond me, but apparently many people stay with the slower speed.)

Municipal fiber really, really works. Bulk bandwidth costs are dropping quickly, and that's being passed on to us in a big way. Even while their costs to deliver bandwidth drop by something like 50% a year, you don't see any of the cable providers lowering prices. Instead, they're imposing bandwidth caps, precisely at the same time that their backhauls should be twice as fast for the same price.

But here, with municipal fiber, I now pay $70 (well, plus a $5 junk fee, so $75) for gigabit service, when last month it would have cost me $300/mo. And even $300/mo was a good price, compared to cable.

My speedtest result:

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Government is good at infrastructure.

I hate both of you. Paying more money for 1/50th of the down speed and an even tinier fraction I don't want to do that math for on upload.

*sigh*

conejote wrote:

Got hooked up this afternoon. Verdict so far: awesome.

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So is that before or after boosting your speed with SpeedyPC Pro?

Yeah, Kansas City is about to become a experimental battleground, as multiple companies attempt to offer the same service to see who can eke out the most profit. The competing companies already successfully lobbied to get the same tax breaks that the city gave to Google. Time Warner says they're going to put up a fiber network (too little, too late, dudes). A friend of mine stopped to talk to some contractors the other day who told him that they were also laying fiber cable, but for MCI. Installing the infrastructure has to be enormously expensive; in some cases, other companies will benefit from the Google contractors already having gone in and cut back trees, etc. But they'd have to tear up the sidewalks and streets that Google just finished re-cementing.

EDIT: SallyNasty, yes, I'm in midtown, in Hyde Park (near the Nelson Atkins). Apparently, NKC already has a fiber network, and Google is going to upgrade it to gigabit speed. I don't know when that's going to happen, since it's not on the current installation map (link may not work if you're not signed in to a google account, not sure):

https://fiber.google.com/cities/kansascity/kcmo/#header=check

Thin_J wrote:

I hate both of you. Paying more money for 1/50th of the down speed and an even tinier fraction I don't want to do that math for on upload.

What I find frustrating about the whole thing is that, just as I finally have enough bandwidth to host anything I want, anything.... I can't, because the game companies have decided that they only want to rent servers. Soooo frustrating.