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Google's audacious bet on fiber -- and why it could work

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  1. Duane

    Duane Active Member

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    The company is building an Internet Valhalla in Kansas City. Most observers have scoffed at the effort. But they're wrong.

    By Kevin Kelleher, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Last month, Google announced its Google Fiber initiative promising 1 gigabit of Internet speed for $70 a month and throwing in dozens of high-definition television channels for another $50 a month. The announcement was greeted with equal parts enthusiasm and skepticism.

    The news elicited a lot of excitement and envy from geeks outside of Kansas City, where Google (GOOG) had chosen to do a pilot run of the project. Not only would Google waive the $300 installation fee for early subscribers, it would give them online access that's 50 times faster than the 2-megabits-per-second access most Americans have lived with for much of the past decade.

    But that wasn't all. Google Fiber also offered the ability to record eight TV programs at a time. And to download a single high-def movie in seven seconds (versus 22 minutes for a 5mbps connection). And a free Nexus 7 tablet as a remote control. And a free terabyte of data storage on Google Drive. And, on top of all this, no data caps.

    More of the article here: http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/08/23/google-fiber/
  2. Kangaroo

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    I read that a couple weeks ago about the fiber I so want me some of that
  3. Meat-O-Rama

    Meat-O-Rama Vegetarians are so stupid.

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    I've got FIOS right now and it's pretty rockin'. But if Google can get it going cheaper and faster, count me in!
  4. Duane

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    I'd love to see those speeds at a reasonable price in North Houston.

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