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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  • blokeintakapuna

    Haha – watching porn had received 2 votes by the time I voted (and no I wasn’t one of them haha) but I bet Jones has already been here voting twice as simple revenge for the tens of thousands that signed the Greens tax-payer funded email addresses data base filler forms more than once.

    Who knew NZ had so many Donald Ducks, Mickey Mouses and Lord Darth Vaders?

  • BTW you can choose up to three items

    • Steve (North Shore)

      But no more than 3

    • Rodger T

      I was going to vote for porn 3 times ,but my hand cramped up.

  • Jman

    As with all new upgrades in computing technology, gaming will lead the way. Hopefully it would entail even better online games and reduced latency speeds.

  • tarkwin

    As an aside, I like the new Vodafone ad that says you can get 4G in parts of Auckland. Forget 4G, you can struggle to get any service in parts of Auckland on Vodafone.

    • Rockfield

      Yeah, saw that VF ad at the weekend, first thought, who TF are you kidding with “parts” of Auckland. Parts probably means within 100 metres of the Sky Tower.

    • LabTested

      My house has line of sight with the Sky Tower & I can only get Vodafone in some rooms. Always have to stop walking when I am talking, otherwise signal drops out

  • Saccharomyces

    Porn, heaps of porn. Love it.

  • 4077th

    I’m moving to Kansas!

  • Andrewj

    They say google are buying all the old television towers in California, people expect some type of wireless internet.

    Internet here is $29 a month 30 mpbs, unlimited


  • Dave

    Getting 30 to 35MBPS here on cable, far better than in NZ, 4G mobile works very well in capital cities and most regional towns.

  • GregM

    Great big jubblies in glorious HD streaming at high bitrates. Bring.it.on.

    • blokeintakapuna

      Cam4.com will be whole lot more interesting then!

  • jonno1

    There are a couple of things left unsaid (they may be in the full article though): Firstly,the 1 Gbps (or (1000Mbps) is probably nominal, with a practical speed of around 100Mbps, still pretty good though. Secondly, upload speed isn’t mentioned, it should be close to download speed (say 85Mbps). The problem in NZ is that while copper download speeds are typically 8-15Mbps, which is acceptable for most purposes, the upload speed is a pathetic 130kbps or so. I usually have a cup of tea while waiting for files to upload, although I have signed up for fibre, just waiting for the technician to goha and install it.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Group Video Conferencing is a good idea. It stops the freeloader traveling the World at the Taxpayers expense.
    Imagine the lefties in a Group Video Conference, it would be like a teenage chat room – and who has the banning hammer – lol

  • davcav

    Looking at my industry it makes centralised video monitoring and recording available to people at an affordable price.

    You don’t have to buy recording hardware and/or pay huge amounts for bandwidth. Your home could be set up so that if your alarm is set then activated, or, with movement around your perimeter, then the video comes up on a control room event monitor. At any other time video is not accessible or recorded.

    At night, you again set your alarm for perimeter zoning (external and/or entry points) and any external movement out of the ordinary again triggers an event monitor. The control room knows before you do if you have an problem/intruder and can effect the appropriate response (remote activation of your alarm, call police, call you so you can get to a safe area etc).