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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: Google
By jRaskell on 11/14/2012 1:17:51 PM , Rating: 2
Make no mistake, this "free" Google internet will have terms of service that allow them to track and monitor your every online move

And you have access to these terms of service that clearly sign away all your rights and freedoms? If so, by all means post them for everyone else to see.

RE: Google
By NellyFromMA on 11/14/2012 1:59:03 PM , Rating: 3
You may not have heard, but Google profits from EVERY SERVICE IT PROVIDES with effectively the same usage model: gather broad usage information per user, associate info with gmail or other google acct, attempt to funnel you into different market demographics, then leverage Google Ads to the max.

So, obviously the will be similar. Not one of Google's ventures operates otherwise. Part of being a public company driven off of the ads only business model I'm afraid.

No need to nay say, its just common sense deduction based on the reality of how they operate today.

RE: Google
By glenco on 11/15/2012 1:00:14 AM , Rating: 3
this IS Google we are talking about, maybe you haven't heard of them. of course they are in it for the data.

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