Google Fiber Goes Live in Kansas City with 700Mbps Downloads, 600Mbps Uploads
November 14, 2012 9:00 AM
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I hate my ISP a lot more today
Google announced back in 2010 it was
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
. 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).
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11/15/2012 11:19:09 PM
"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
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