What does the full Google Fiber + TV experience cost?

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.

Broadband links 2016-07-04

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.