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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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By jeffbui on 11/14/2012 12:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
I can't begin to describe how frustrating these unethical cable companies are. My business bill for 1mb/3mb service was bumped from $60 a month to $80 a month right in Los Angeles. I called and complained and they lowered it back to $60 by applying a promotional discount. I just called to cancel service yesterday and they said they told me they renewed me for 3 years at that price.

What's the early termination fee you ask? The remainder of the contract service cost... So I have two years left, that comes out to $1440.00. FML

By Argon18 on 11/14/2012 12:55:22 PM , Rating: 2
Are they allowed to renew your contract without your consent? I doubt it. Especially in California, the state infamous for its crushing mountain of consumer laws. If you really want out, I'd call an attorney and have them send a cease and desist letter to your cable company.

By nocturne on 11/14/2012 5:52:52 PM , Rating: 2
Just a funny note.. how are you expecting to hire an attorney in CA for less than the $1440 termination fee?

Of course, you can just refuse to pay.. just ask them to provide any paperwork where you signed up for extending your contract. They'll keep at you, then just request a supervisor. Keep saying you refuse to pay (never mention an attorney -- best result is getting hung up on) and don't back down, ultimately asking who you can register a complaint with. Typically they are required by law to give you the contact info of a state commission regarding complaints against utility companies (way it is here in OH, so can't imagine CA is any less progressive). Contact an advocate, lodge a complaint.. wait 6 months for the whole thing just to be dropped.

By MadMan007 on 11/14/2012 1:06:37 PM , Rating: 2
Is it not like cell phones where if they change the service contract by changing prices, you can get out with no ETF?

By marvdmartian on 11/14/2012 3:02:13 PM , Rating: 2
I simply hope that this terrifies the high speed internet providers in this country. They've been riding the gravy train for too long, without enough competition (oftentimes, splitting up the pie between themselves, divvying up the country into markets that they have ZERO competition), and enjoying it immensely, while screwing over the customers with high fees and mediocre services.

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone
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