Remember how I said that Google is taking over the world? Well, I did. And Google seems to be trying really hard to prove me right. You see, in today’s day and age, the greatest source of power is perhaps the internet. Clearly being the world’s largest search engine wasn’t enough, Google is now here with what they call ‘Google Fiber’, a broadband internet connection and television for selected parts of USA.
Google wanted to avoid the complications of an underground cabling system for the last mile so it decided to rely on aggregators named Google Fiber Huts from where the fiber cables travel along utility poles right into your home and neighborhood.
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It’s not really a question, but more a statement that Google Fiber is special; I mean, it’s Google after all, we expect nothing less. If you visit Google’s page on Google Fiber, you’ll see that the first thing they mention, what seems to be their selling point, is the speed. But I’ll tell you this, there is a lot more to it than just that.
1. Speed: The only words worth saying here are ‘1000 Mbps’ or ‘1 GB.’ I don’t have to explain to you the importance of speed. Frustrated at the constantly staggering videos that need to buffer every 10 minutes, the low quality, and waiting for days for the utterly slow downloads – we’ve all been there. Yet, we don’t mind spending a handful of cash at the end of the month on internet bills. I suppose we don’t have much of an option. Sadly, even after the release of Google Fiber, we still don’t. You see, they only provide to certain locations in USA, like Kansas City for example.
2. No charge for peering: As I’ve mentioned earlier, Google Fiber also excels in areas other than speed. That would obviously indicate stability and quality. To provide you with the kind of HD quality it promises, what they do is ‘free peering.’ Peering, in case you’re unaware, is the process through which services can connect their networks directly up to Google’s. This causes a reduction in unnecessary congestion. Of course, considering that it’s free of charge, services are ready to jump in.
3. Colocation: Again, the point of focus in this process is direct access. Colocation is when the streaming company can keep some of its equipment in the Fiber facilities. The advantage for you here is that the content you receive takes a short and fast trip from the source of your internet connection, directly to your home, instead of taking the now unnecessary detour through your internet’s facility. Faster travel equals to better quality on your end. While Google didn’t invent this concept, they have made it free. So now, more companies want to join in to take advantage of the free space and power provided by Google Fiber.
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Google had some fun deciding as to where they’d provide this spectacular service. They held a competition in which over 1100 communities applied. The request form they had to fill out was simple, maybe a little too simple; this caused people to cry out to be different by various, fascinating activities. Some notable ones are:
1. Supporters from Baton Rouge actually remade the song “Give a Little Bit” by Roger Hodgson, quite creatively, to “Give a Gigabit”.
2. 1000 citizens of Greenville, South Carolina utilized glow sticks to create “The World’s First and Largest People-Powered Google Chain.” From a bird’s eye point of view, the name “Google” was colorfully visible like Christmas lights.
3. Topeka, Kansas, the city of Rancho Cucamonga, California and Sarasota, Florida temporarily renamed themselves, putting “Google” in their names.
4. Duluth, Minnesota’s mayor, jokingly I’m sure, proclaimed that every first-born child will be named either Google Fiber (for boys) or Googlette Fiber (for girls).
5. A small plane bearing a banner reading “Will Google Play in Peoria, IL?” flew over the Google campus in Mountain View, California.
Even videos had been posted on YouTube by some cities convincing Google to select each of them. Anyway, when Google finally did select a winner on 30th May, 2011, it turned out to be Kansas City, Kansas. On 9th April, 2013 Austin, Texas got lucky and became Google Fiber-ed. On 17th April, Google announced that Provo, Utah will also have the Google Fiber facility. Although there are plans for Google to expand in future, so far these 3 cities have been blessed with Google’s magic.
It’s probably killing you right now to have learnt that such an internet connection exists but is yet out of reach. We do hope Google decides to take notice of the South East Asian countries and decides to spread some love there. But the only problem may be that it will turn out to be quite expensive. Still, let’s hope for the best.
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Getting straight down to it, Google Fiber has 3 offers for you:
1.Free Internet: Speaks for itself really. There is a $300 construction fee. But you can only take this offer once, or give $25 per month for 12 months. This gives you up to 5mps for download and 1mbps for uploads.
2. Gigabit Internet: This is the 1gigabit download/upload speed line that will cost you $70 monthly with no construction fees. It also includes 1 TB of free storage on Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ photos.
3. Gigabit + TV: This is the real deal; 1 gigabit of internet and over 150 channels (including HD) for just $120 monthly. You will also get a Nexus 7 tablet that will act as a remote for your DVR, where, you can record up to 8 channels simultaneously which you won’t have a hard time storing, thanks to the 1 TB of free storage on Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ photos.
*Only available to the current Google Fiber locations as mentioned in the article.