What would you do with the world’s fastest internet? [POLL]

Google is rolling out their fibre plans in locations in the US. It sounds totally awesome.

There are of course people who think there is no need for such speed.

In March of 2010, Google announced its intention to build super-fast fibre-optic internet service in “a small number of trial locations across the United States.” A year later, after receiving more than 1000 applications from cities and towns across the country, Google chose Kansas City as its first location. Last November, Google began installing service in people’s homes. For $US70 a month, the company offers Kansas City residents a 1-gigabit internet line – the fastest home internet service available anywhere in the world, about 150 times faster than the average American broadband speed of 6.7 Mbps. (You also get 1 terabyte of online storage as part of the deal, something Google normally sells for $50 a month.) For $120 a month, you get the 1-GB line plus cable-like TV service, as well as a Nexus 7 tablet that you can use as your remote. There’s also a “free” plan: After you pay a $300 construction fee – which you can split into 12 payments of $25 – Google will provide your home with a 5-Mbps internet line for “at least seven years,” and probably indefinitely. (Legally, the company needed to provide an end date for service.)

These are amazing services at unbelievable prices. For about the same fee that many Americans currently pay for cable, Google is offering internet speeds that, until now, were available only to big companies for thousands of dollars a month.

Therein lies the mystery. Google’s gigabit initiative, called Google Fibre, has sparked a round of questions across the tech industry. Is Google looking to become an internet service provider? Does it simply want to spur other ISPs into providing faster service? And, finally, why gigabit internet – what does Google expect people to do with the world’s fastest broadband service? 

The writer then focuses on what you can do with it and shows that his imagination is seriously lacking. He then comes up with this stunningly stupid statement.

[T]he fundamental problem with Google Fibre: It’s totally awesome, and totally unnecessary. During my time in Kansas City, I spoke to several local businesspeople, aspiring start-up founders, and a few city boosters. They were all thrilled that Google had come to town, and the few who’d got access to the Google pipe said they really loved it. But I couldn’t find a single person who’d found a way to use Google Fibre to anywhere near its potential – or even a half or quarter of what it can do. It was even difficult to find people who could fully utilise Google Fibre in their imaginations. As hard as people tried, few could even think up ways to do something truly amazing with the world’s fastest internet.

What a dick.

This was true even of Google employees, both the folks on the ground in Kansas City and the execs who are managing Google Fibre from Mountain View, California. “What can you do with Google Fibre?” I’d ask, and I’d often get an answer like, “Anything you want.” Technically, this is true. It’s also singularly unhelpful.

Let’s help him…

What would you do with Gigabit Broadband?

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