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I hate my ISP a lot more today

Google announced back in 2010 it was seeking communities to participate in an experiment involving insanely fast fiber-optic broadband. The plan was called Google Fiber and ultimately Kansas City was chosen. The first homes and businesses with Google Fiber had their 1 Gbps service turned on yesterday.

However, anytime we see internet providers offer theoretical peak speeds, we usually take them with a huge grain of salt. However, it looks like Google Fiber is actually incredibly fast in the real world.
A Google Fiber user named Mike Demarais ran a speed test only minutes after his service went live according to ArsTechnica. He achieved 696.38 Mbps download and an impressive 620.49 Mbps upload.

"The first thing I did was BitTorrent Ubuntu," Demarais said. "I think that took two minutes, let me try it again right now."

The home where Demarais accesses these incredibly fast internet speeds is operated by Homes for Hackers, and is owned by Ben Barreth. Entrepreneurs can live in the house rent and utility free for three months at a time, only needing to pay for their own groceries.
Homes for Hackers is billed as an attempt to kick start high-tech businesses within the city.

Google offers a few different plans for customers. For $120/month you get Gigabit internet (up/down), HDTV service, a Nexus 7 tablet, and 1 TV box. If all you need is gigabit internet, that will only run you $70/month. Google is even offering a "free" internet service (guaranteed for at least 7 years) that provides 5Mb down/1Mb up. However, customers have to pay the $300 "construction fee" that is waived on the two paid packages.
There are no data caps on any of Google's packages (including the "free" one).

Source: ArsTechnica

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RE: Um?
By Camikazi on 11/14/2012 10:04:28 AM , Rating: 5
BT has a ramp up time (as it connects and starts downloading from seeders) and depending on how many seeders you can get and what they set their upload speed it you might not max out a connection that fast.

RE: Um?
By Cheesew1z69 on 11/14/2012 10:21:49 AM , Rating: 2
That's what I was thinking. If he downloaded it directly from the website, it wouldn't have taken that long.

RE: Um?
By inighthawki on 11/14/2012 2:38:08 PM , Rating: 2
I sincerely doubt Ubuntu's download servers will upload to any single person at a rate of 1Gbps.

RE: Um?
By GulWestfale on 11/14/2012 4:10:58 PM , Rating: 3
you can only DL as quickly as the server is handing it to you... also, i think OP is confusing bits with bytes, as a ubuntu CD is 650MB, not Mb.

whatever his ubuntu DL speed was, i now want to move to kansas. i'm paying $70/month here in quebec for 30/10, and i have a 130GB data cap.

RE: Um?
By Xplorer4x4 on 11/14/2012 10:11:26 PM , Rating: 2
Depends if you are grabbing 12.04 LTS or 12.10. 12.10 is 763 MB. The Kubuntu 12.10 images are a little bit bigger, but the main thing I am pointing out is *buntu is moving away from CD image to DVD images. Trivial but just throwing that out there.

RE: Um?
By jtemplin on 11/15/2012 11:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
"you can only DL as quickly as the server is handing it to you"

Not sure how this is an appropriate response to a commenter who expresses doubt in the notion that there is a 1:1 correspondence between one's maximum quoted bandwidth and a given host's upload bandwidth.

Achieving the max can be achieved thru multiple smaller streams, but may be difficult to find a single provider of reliable (not burst) ~.7 Gb/s upload rate. Based on my experiences using "uber" connections, many (most?) servers throttle their maximum per client bandwidth allotment, as the max was never attainable at a single place. Highest speeds were usually well-ramped-up BT downloads.

im definitely packing for KC right now

RE: Um?
By kattanna on 11/14/2012 10:23:05 AM , Rating: 2
yep. with really fast connections you start to see where the bottlenecks are.

RE: Um?
By martyrant on 11/14/2012 5:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
He should have tested a newsgroup server, obviously. Who the hell tests bandwidth with a BT?

RE: Um?
By BZDTemp on 11/15/2012 5:30:47 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe someone interested in a real world scenario relevant to his own needs :-)

Regardless - the speed measured is far beyond what is available to most of us unless we start paying substantially more than what Google charges. Speeds like this could really make a difference.

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