Google Fiber 101: All You Need To Know

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Google yet again broke records when it announced its newest addition: Google Fiber. With one gigabyte per second Internet speed promise, even colossal companies like Broadband Experts couldn’t help but quiver – both in excitement and wonder.

How is a connection roughly hundred times faster than average US access ever possible? The technology is yet to be revealed, but everybody knows the story behind it.

Google Fiber: A Sitting Time Bomb

About six years ago, Google started making a name as it moved in one of the largest establishments in New York City. By 2006, it was clear that Google was directed to building the biggest and most popular search engine in the world. Yet there’s one activity that left unanswered speculations.

Google was aggressive in buying dark fiber – a long-haul underground cable that has already been left dormant from website crashes.

It was when Google purchased the ever-famous 111 Eight Avenue for a whopping $2 billion when the guesswork suddenly had clearer answers. After all, this facility is home to the most powerful collocation center – a network node that allows telecom companies to share space and improve network service and speed.

Needless to say, this is where firms stack their equipment and connect them to services for enhanced telecommunication. The building is also known as the crossing point of optic cables that are gathered massively right under New York City’s grounds.

Suddenly, Google’s action to buy dark fiber and rest on this facility made sense: it was all for building a broadband network in the country that can beat the industry giants, and take America’s Internet connection to a great leap.

What the company proposed is obviously a win-win situation. As one Broadband Expert said, more people gets access to Internet, translating to more Google searches executed.

The Price for Revolutionary Internet

If it’s not yet clear, it is worth reiterating that Google Fiber can take impossible things closer to reality. With the escalated speed, users can auspiciously download HD full-length films in less than 5 minutes or send large attachments in a matter of minutes.

But these advantages come with a cost.

Roughly after 8 months of experiment in Kansas City, Missouri, Google announced that there are already 180 neighborhoods connected via fiber cable. The company’s baseline fiber installment was priced at $300 per year (or $25 a month). In exchange for the cash, subscribers are guaranteed with 7 years of free broadband Internet stream.

This applies for the lowest tier.

This is a guest post.  Krystine Joy Sitjar is a freelance article writer that loves to write about SEO and SM topics.


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