Monthly Archives: July 2012

Google Fiber

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Yes, I’m lucky enough to get to switch to Google Fiber and it certainly sounds like a dream come true. Honestly, though its a little overwhelming. Here’s how I see it.

How would you literally like to surf the web and the speed of light? Don’t like waiting on the youtube video to upload or buffer? Not to worry! Google offers speeds of 1000 Mbps for upload and download speeds. Online streaming just got a little easier and less frustrating. They have three plans available. First is a $300 construction fee or $25 a month for one year and then bam, free internet for 7 years.  Second, if you just want internet you pay $70 dollars a month, but if you want tv also you pay $120 a month. And a plus you get the Google Nexus 7 tablet at a remote. Pretty cool. Google is also offering what they have in the latest computer technology, their Google Chromebook. At $299 you can’t find a cheaper laptop and they have stated that it’s been improved since it first hit the market. There’s no bandwidth limit and there’s limitless storage. With the tv and internet option you get a 2TB storage, which is what 500 hours of HD storage. For the internet only package it’s a 1TB storage, but I’m not sure about the $25 a month package and it’s storage option.  (And for DVR fans you can record up to 8 shows at a time.)

There are a few draw backs. After looking over the channel list they’re missing a few channels here and there. Including the ESPN, Disney, and Cartoon Network channels just to mention a few. Right now, Google has this set up to get neighborhoods to preregister for Google Fiber services and which ever neighborhoods show the most enthusiasm will top the list of where Google will start. How they determine who is the most enthusiastic is beyond me. Also, this isn’t happening anytime before 2012 ends. It might not even really take place until mid 2013. If they go neighborhood by neighborhood, which is sounds like they will, then someone people will get it before others. I’m not sure about this either, but if you miss the initial hookup when its available in your neighborhood you have to wait until they finish their list before you request a hook up. Now, that’s a rumor I heard but it sounds awful if it’s true.

Now I wonder how other internet companies are going to react. I have TWC at the moment. I pay less then $70 a month and I don’t watch TV so the $120 package is almost out of the question for me. Also, my computer is ancient and can hardly handle me typing this article up. But I would say that TWC has been pretty good to me. I do like the idea of not having to wait for something to buffer. We seriously live in the age of convenience.  We want something but we can’t wait on it. It’s almost sad, but we are technology driven and rely on our precious devices to keep us entertained and informed. I know I do. Another thought, doesn’t Google have enough information on us? Now what will we be able to hide from them? I can’t say I have a huge problem with it. When family and friends first started complaining about Google ads and Google looking into to everything you search or look at, I wasn’t really bothered. I wanted to go on Facebook and see ads that actually appealed to me. Surely I’m not the only one.

 

To keep this short I’ll leave you with the Google Fiber website and a link to a news articles summing up the pros and cons.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/260013/google_fiber_pros_and_cons.html

https://fiber.google.com/about/