Google Fiber: Changing Internet Forever

Google Fiber: Changing Internet Forever

Lazarus Ziozis

In the past couple of years, Google has proven itself to be one of the most innovative companies worldwide.  Google has been creating many new products and services that have made things easier to do. Google Drive, which is a cloud sharing service that allows people to share and store documents and photos, is probably one of Google’s most notable accolades this year. There are many other Google services that are very popular such as Gmail, which is an email service powered by Google, and Google Maps, which has somehow managed to map out almost the entire planet Earth.

Google is currently working on developing and improving a new service that they are creating called Google Fiber. Google Fiber is a new Internet and TV service created by Google.  To demonstrate the power of Google Fiber, Google boasts that it could boost upload and download rates to unimaginable rates. Originally around 42 Mbps for downloads and slightly less for uploads, Google Fiber boosts internet speeds up to 1000 Mbps for downloads and uploads, which is over ten times more than a person normally gets. Also, if you do not want to pay for your Internet, you can get Internet with Google Fiber for free and get a basic package which provides 5 Mbps. Google Fiber’s TV service is in all high definition and has over 150 channels. All TVs connected to Google Fiber are easily accessible to Hulu Plus, Netflix, Vudu, and videos on demand. Paid users of these services will also get 1 terabyte of cloud memory across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google photos.

Currently, Google Fiber is only available in a few places. Right now the only cities that have access to Google Fiber are Austin, Provo, and Kansas City, but development is going on in Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham. Google is working to have their service available in major cities and then branch out to suburban areas from there.

Google Fiber could potentially allow people across the United States to reach new Internet speeds than ever before and allow people without Internet to get it for free.