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Isn't Google Fiber redundant?

#1Saga3Posted 1/19/2014 5:05:17 PM
Sure for those with 10-25 Mbit/s download it's a godsend. But wouldn't I be right in saying that no server will let you download (Or has the capability) at a speed of 1 Gbit/s. Why not just settle with an ISP that provides 150 Mbit/s?

Also privacy is another thing I would be concerned with when using Google Fiber

Am I missing something here, or is it just that the physical service of American ISPs are just inferior?
#2MaKhaosPosted 1/19/2014 5:08:38 PM
While the rest of actual infrastructure might not be reaching up to actual gigabit capabilities, Google Fiber provides that possible competition that would stop the rest of the ISPs from sandbagging their inferior service.
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#3Saga3(Topic Creator)Posted 1/19/2014 5:10:20 PM
Ah, that's a good point. But I doubt it will change anytime soon as it's only available in three cities. I doubt other ISPs will bend their back just for those three specific cities. And by the looks of it, their locations don't seem to be expanding fast.
#4WyzeGyePosted 1/19/2014 5:14:11 PM
The city i'm moving to is likely to be the first Canadian city to get it, so I'm happy about that.

http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1720932,00.html
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#5LordSeiferPosted 1/19/2014 5:15:00 PM
well most people do not have access to 100mbit internet service either.

and if no one can stream to you at 1000, then it doesnt really cost them anything to give you a thousand, so, why not, its better marketing, do you want 150 or do you want 1000

1000 is harder to compete with
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#6Bazooka_PenguinPosted 1/19/2014 5:19:59 PM
Something has to lead the way.
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#7Saga3(Topic Creator)Posted 1/19/2014 5:20:12 PM
It's not more about the point of "Why not? 1000 > 100" from Google's point of view it's more a question of why people are drooling over it from the consumer's point of view.

And yes that's also true about 100 not being so easily available, but I would wager it's significantly more available than Google's. Another great thing about it is that it is incredibly cheap, I pay 60 for 15 down with a 300GB cap..

I'm just saying, if you already have a decent speed (>100) why upgrade? That is, if it's more expensive.
#8LordSeiferPosted 1/19/2014 5:22:05 PM
Saga3 posted...
. Another great thing about it is that it is incredibly cheap,

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#9Digital StormPosted 1/19/2014 5:24:16 PM
LordSeifer posted...
well most people do not have access to 100mbit internet service either.

and if no one can stream to you at 1000, then it doesnt really cost them anything to give you a thousand, so, why not, its better marketing, do you want 150 or do you want 1000

1000 is harder to compete with


Pretty much this. It's not the first time Google has done something like this, Gmail anyone?
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#10Saga3(Topic Creator)Posted 1/19/2014 5:29:11 PM
Well yes, I guess the price does pretty much decimate any argument against its redundancy since I assume it's around $50 for 25 down.