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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 ksenter on 11/14/2012 10:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
Good point. It should have taken less than 10 seconds.

I wonder where the speed test went to. I imagine the bottleneck is going to be the speed of other people's connections and the routers between you and them.

Unless you're downloading from someone else in Kansas City, who is also on Google Fiber, you're probably not going to hit anywhere near the advertised speeds. But you'd think a torrent with a bunch of seeds would have been faster than the speed he reported. If it took 2 minutes to download 650MB that's only 5.41MB/s or 43.3Mbit/s average. That's still way faster than my ISP, but way under what I'd expect for a popular torrent. Maybe Ubuntu isn't as popular as I would think, or maybe everyone seeding has a low cap on their upload speed.

I'd like to see some more test results. Of course I'd rather have Google's fiber so I could run tests myself. :)


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