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Now lucky students will able to get their porn, pirated movies, and er... academic data faster than ever before

Gigabit Squared is a fresh-faced development startup, but the new kid on the block is looking to unseat established cable giants and make the U.S. a leader in internet speeds.  The company is promising residential speeds "between 100 and 1,000 times".

Currently the U.S. is in 13th place in terms of average internet connection speed, according to a study by Akamai.  That study estimated U.S. broadband speeds to be at approximately 5.8 Mbps.  That's less than a third of the 17.5 Mbps averaged by global leader South Korea.

In order to deliver 500+ Mbps internet, Gigabit Squared has teamed up with six Gig U member universities to build $200M USD worth of new infrastructure to select neighborhoods.  The company describes:

Under the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program, capital is available to support up to six select Gig.U member-sponsored projects.  At the center of the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program is the idea that communities and their local stakeholders can drive economic opportunities through private investments that leverage public capital that will accelerate the deployment and utilization of gigabit speed networks.
Gigabit Neighborhood
Selected neighborhoods for deployment will be announced "between November 2012 and March 2013".

The project may seem like a pipe dream, particularly given how slow current speeds are, but it's not altogether impossible.  Deutsche Telekom AG (ETR:DTE), the parent of U.S. carrier T-Mobile USA, recently demonstrated 512 Gbps fiber cable internet using traditional equipment.  Even when the bandwidth is divided among multiple users, that could still wind up somewhere in the ballpark (0.5-1 Gbps) that Gigabit Squared is hoping for.

Broadband by Country
U.S. broadband speeds are currently in 13th place. [Image Source: Akamai]

The company says Congressionally allocated funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [PDF] are just the start.  Mark Ansboury, president of Gigabit Squared, cheerfully predicts, "The Stimulus Funding was a great jumpstart to get broadband initiatives on track in the U.S.  But it is just a starting point.  In order to realize true economic revitalization, we’re urging our national and community leaders to think and act in more creative ways. And we’re backing those efforts with significant investment of our own."

Source: Gigabit Squared

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Super fast access
By Denithor on 5/24/2012 8:32:43 PM , Rating: 5
...just means they will hit the data caps sooner.

RE: Super fast access
By Stevethewalrus on 5/24/2012 9:01:57 PM , Rating: 2
well maybe if they could get these kinds of speeds for there lines then they wouldn't need bandwidth caps.

RE: Super fast access
By Slash3 on 5/24/2012 9:41:30 PM , Rating: 4

RE: Super fast access
By AjCazz on 5/24/2012 10:23:53 PM , Rating: 2
They'd cap you even if they could get these speeds... That's where the money is at.

RE: Super fast access
By inighthawki on 5/25/2012 12:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
No the solution will be to build a network that is 100x faster, and the end result won't be faster speeds, just a higher data cap.

RE: Super fast access
By boobo on 5/25/2012 3:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
They don't -need- bandwidth caps even now. They're just good business for them, given the almost non-existent competition.

RE: Super fast access
By TheJian on 5/26/2012 8:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
At these speeds caps won't be needed. Heck we don't need them today. If you allow max speed to everyone, they all get there crap and get off a LOT faster. Imagine if you could download a bluray in 5 minutes. Even the hogs couldn't keep up with all the burning, unpacking etc. You'd be limited by your own time and blank disc money...ROFL. You can only watch so many movies (assuming you have a day job, wife, husband, kids or something) and play so many games. It doesn't matter if it's coming over a phone, internet, tv etc. A pirate can only digest a certain amount of crap. Your drives do fill up, and discs need to be bought.

Caps need to end. This is one place govt needs to step in and force either investment, or the companies to lower prices. I've already paid $2000 (every American has) for 100mbit+ connection to my house. Unfortunately I never got it, they just pocketed the money. The govt should just take them over and make them non-profit (we already own them, cable, phone lines etc). Return shareholder's money if needed etc. They should be forced to open spectrum also. If you aren't serving at least 75% or your service area, all competition can come in at any price (new bidding war on your spectrum) and your company is killed and made non-profit :) Instead the govt makes these handouts and allows no strings (should be automatic firing of anyone who passes loans with no strings - all the green crap comes to mind - Obama paying his friends).

ATT chose to use the money to try to buy Tmobile...LOL. You give them money without strings and they'll eventually use it against you. They pledged 80Bil to buy Tmobile who isn't worth 8Bil. They could lay a complete whole network down for 1/2 that and cover america with cheap 100mbit connections. Instead they try to monopolize more connections and rip us off at every turn for things that cost them cents on the dollar or nothing at all (text msgs?...LOL no cost to them). The big 4 of cable and phone need to be busted into 10 each or more. Otherwise we'll just keep being charged more for far less.

The 13th place stat is bogus
By GatoRat on 5/25/12, Rating: 0
RE: The 13th place stat is bogus
By martin5000 on 5/25/2012 10:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry but your logic is wrong, you're saying if you compare US cities with rural Japan then US doesn't look so bad. Compare like with like. Also, many countries with super fast broadband also have it very cheap.

In the UK broadband used to be rubbish, but Virgin and BT have both done a lot of work so its much better now.

I used to get 2mb/s with virgin, then they increased it to 10, and just the other day doubled it again to 20mb, all without increasing the price (and I believe that's the slowest service). But then UK is very densely populated compared to US etc.

RE: The 13th place stat is bogus
By Gondor on 5/25/2012 2:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
Um, how did Romaina end up so high on that list ? It does seem bogus indeed, I checked the link which leads to Akamai webpage with that blue map where you can find exact figures (in kbps) and numbers for some counmtries seem downright absurd.

RE: The 13th place stat is bogus
By Trisped on 5/25/2012 5:00:18 PM , Rating: 2
Were you looking at the average or peek values?

I doubt the study is wrong, though you might miss understand what is being reported. If a country only has 100 IP addresses and an average speed of 25Mbps it means something different then 100,000 IP addresses and an average speed of 5 Mbps.

RE: The 13th place stat is bogus
By redzo on 5/26/2012 6:18:54 AM , Rating: 2
For about 8.2$(taxes included) monthly subscription I get a 50Mb/s maximum connection. I guess that the thing you can argue about our country(Romania) is that "internet" means pretty much city coverage. Rural areas are not covered and when they are covered by ADSL most of the people just can't afford a subscription. The majority of subscribers come from the cities where the speed is fast and cheap also.

RE: The 13th place stat is bogus
By DarkUltra on 5/27/2012 6:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
You also cannot directly compare cost with currency conversion. You also have to take earnings and buying powrrs into consideration. Some people live on $20 a day. but you can probably getca lot more for those dollars where they live. Not to day the world is fair. We have a lot of Romanian beggars in Norway, and a few organized criminals. I try to give to the beggars, but I would really like to see the economy of Romania to flourish.

I can get 70Mbit for $96, but wages are high here. One way to measure wealth is to see how much people have left after buying the essensials like food and clothes etc.

Faster Residential == Faster Porn.
By Justin Time on 5/24/2012 10:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
No doubt that will fix the USA's economic woes.

RE: Faster Residential == Faster Porn.
By Kurz on 5/25/2012 10:02:30 AM , Rating: 2
A happier Populace is a more prosperous Populace.

By ShaolinSoccer on 5/25/2012 5:45:45 PM , Rating: 2
Imagine all the happy mothers and fathers there will be knowing their children are making porn. And yes, I'm being sarcastic.

By Boze on 5/25/2012 2:30:25 AM , Rating: 5
This will be bogged down in regulatory crap from every government agency that can throw some crap at it, and it'll be from the behest of every media company that can throw lobbying dollars at Congress.

Media companies view Internet connections that are "100 to 1000 times faster" than current connections as "They can pirate our piss-poor, mass-marketed, simplified paint-by-numbers bullshit 100 to 1000 faster now!" And then they go throw a temper tantrum and figure out how much money to throw at whichever Congressman will back their choke hold.

By Ammohunt on 5/24/2012 10:46:47 PM , Rating: 2
So you think the major network owners are going to let users hog half of their back haul for pr0n? 500mb/a means nothing if the supporting network infrastructure is not in place.

RE: hmmm
By medys on 5/25/2012 1:06:55 AM , Rating: 2
Torrenters win the most. As they will have full speed when downloading from people who are in the same network.

In Lithuania (tiny country just south of 5'th place owner) I get ~90Mbps download for almost anything I want :) We have good torrent communities, mirrors for popular Linux sites and no datacaps for cable connections :)

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