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Google Fiber is live!

Postby mac5155 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:46 pm

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/11 ... -700-mbps/

700 mbps. you have got to be kidding me.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby Sarcastic on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:07 pm

Great for pirating movies. :thumb:
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby viva la ben on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:17 pm

Fiber is great for colon health too.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby columbia on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:20 pm

viva la ben wrote:Fiber is great for colon health too.


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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:24 pm

a few years back google quietly acquired a tiny company called Sage TV. they made dvr software and amazing hardware streaming units.

this has to be the reason they wanted them. a major blow to htpc and homebrew dvr, but a great software/hardware development team.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby Pitt87 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:33 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:a few years back google quietly acquired a tiny company called Sage TV. they made dvr software and amazing hardware streaming units.

this has to be the reason they wanted them. a major blow to htpc and homebrew dvr, but a great software/hardware development team.


Google has it right in this space. Simple terms, huge bandwidths, complete focus on driving the content to all devices.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:46 pm

this is sort of what I think Apple would/will have to do whenever it is that they release a television.

when the iphone was first released visual voicemail on it was a pretty big deal - it required a lot of investment by at&t.

i see apple pairing with specific cable providers one at a time to deliver a new kind of hybrid internet/television service.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby mac5155 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:49 pm

I'll bet comcast is somehow still claiming they are faster than Fiber :pop:
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby Sarcastic on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:08 pm

You guys know this is alien technology from Roswell.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:15 pm

Just unbelievable speed
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:18 pm

the question then becomes who has enough bandwidth on the other side of the connection to support this.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby shmenguin on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:34 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:the question then becomes who has enough bandwidth on the other side of the connection to support this.


The answer is virtually no one. Good for torrents, I guess
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby pittsoccer33 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 4:44 pm

they probably plan on sending tv channels over that 700mbps connection.

if they do that, it will operate like switched digital video, a technology used in many markets by Time Warner and Cox among others.

a normal cable box user wouldn't know if switched digital video was going on, but somebody using a cable card device like a tivo will.

in traditional cable set ups, they send every channel through the pipe at once.

but for providers who are trying to add lots of channels/HD and are running out of bandwidth, they may choose to only send the most popular channels though. if you want to watch a less popular one, say EWTN, you have to "call home" and ask them to flip it on for you.

this system will probably work more like that. it would allow over 30 channels to come through at once (that would be a heck of a DVR recording all that) and still allow a large amount of internet/web bandwidth.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby knives of ice on Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:49 pm

well, they are already offering the tv service as well as internet so yeah they have a tv plan.

i just hope and pray for the day i don't have to get armstrong cable for internet. the cable system for tv or internet is so infuriating in this country.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby mac5155 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:57 pm

Armstrong is my only option other than DSL. I feel your pain.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby tifosi77 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:43 pm

Holy balls...... we just moved and the AT&T U-Verse guy got us set up about an hour ago. Just ran a speed test that came back at 9.something mb/s and thought "Not bad...."

This is what I think is often referred to as a 'game changer'.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby shafnutz05 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:45 pm

Yeah, my last speedtest was something like 17 MBPS down, 5 MBPS up, and I've never had issues with the speed of my service (FIOS). That is ungodly fast.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby Gaucho on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:51 pm

17 mbps ain't bad, so 700 really is ... insane?
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby columbia on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:52 pm

1 mbps on my iPhone tether.

Admit it, you're jealous.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby Gaucho on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:56 pm

ET would be.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby mac5155 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:56 pm

got 25mbps down on ATT LTE but barely 2 on Armstrong Cable
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby columbia on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:58 pm

I'm getting Comcrap in a few weeks....what speed should I expect?
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby shmenguin on Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:10 pm

Your bandwidth is throttled by the web server you're hitting. There's no practical advantage to this speed for typical Internet use.
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby mac5155 on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:44 pm

shmenguin wrote:Your bandwidth is throttled by the web server you're hitting. There's no practical advantage to this speed for typical Internet use.


....yet
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Re: Google Fiber is live!

Postby Pitt87 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:06 pm

pittsoccer33 wrote:this is sort of what I think Apple would/will have to do whenever it is that they release a television.

when the iphone was first released visual voicemail on it was a pretty big deal - it required a lot of investment by at&t.

i see apple pairing with specific cable providers one at a time to deliver a new kind of hybrid internet/television service.


Will not happen. Apple will not invest their cash reserves in new technology... this is the opposite of what Google does, actually. Apple's valuation is heavily rooted in financial success (balance sheet, cash flow, recievables turnover, etc.) but their earnings are remarkably consistent also. Google, on the other hand, recognizes that they can boost stock price with big, smart gambles that disrupt the marketplace at large, and when they hit homeruns, which I really think Fiber is, it pays off, spurs new investments, adds the wealth of the company, and delivers results to shareholders.
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