While Google Fiber is not coming to the Columbus area anytime soon, it’s definitely out there in several other metro areas, growing rapidly and offering low-cost high-speed services to small businesses and homes.
But what does it cost? Well, some of the suburbs of Atlanta, including Decatur, are getting the expanded Google Fiber service, and the published rates might make you cry. For example, here’s the most expensive package you can buy:
Google Fiber 1000 + TV = $130/mo
Up to 1,000 Mbps upload and download speeds
Download an HD movie in 40 seconds
220+ TV channels, HD included
Record up to 8 shows at once
No data caps
No rental fees for your Wi-Fi router and first TV Box with HD DVR
I don’t know about you, but I pay $90/mo for a 50/5 Mbps download/upload service (although those speeds are rarely seen) with zero TV features and unofficial data caps that will trigger a bad response from my carrier if I trip over them too many times.
Based on Google’s published prices, I could get double the download and 20X the upload speed for about half what I’m paying today. Yikes. Someone is making a lot of money, but isn’t building out the services my community wants or needs.
Happy Independence Day! Here are some recent news story on broadband developments around the country. In the list are communities declaring independence (you saw that coming, right?) from slow, poorly-supported, and inadequate broadband.
Ting to Offer Gigabit Fiber in North Carolina by Year’s End (DSLReports, 6/1) — This is the second project we’ve seen where Ting is going after local fiber broadband markets with services that are affordable and well-supported. They grew out of a domain registration company (Tucows) and they’ve recognized a big opportunity in providing broadband.
Analyst: Something ‘Doesn’t Add Up’ With AT&T’s Fiber Promises (DSLReports, 6/9) — Good insight here… AT&T has an annual CAPEX spend of about $22B, but only $2B of that money goes into wired broadband build-outs in American communities. Most of the money is for wireless and Mexican infrastructure due to a recent acquisition south of the border.