One of the problems with the US is that infrastructure sucks and is being held hostage by cable companies. Cable companies aren't just going to let go of their market without a fight. See Netflix.
Edit: In the past few years, they've allowed someone from the UAE to start their own mobile service. I doubt they will deny Google.
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Canadian internet is so shit compared to the rest of the world. Want this here.
I would love for this to hit Florida. Having a 1 mb connection that routinely crashes or slows down to dial-up speeds (lowest test was under 1 byte/sec).... "sucks".
Anyway, a large portion of my country is already using glass-fiber. They installed it before they knew it was such a good conducter, they installed it because it was the cheaper option back then. However, sadly it's just the main wiring, the house to house wiring isn't glassfiber yet. Because of that I'm stuck on 120Mbit/s currently. So yeah, I'm a little envious of 1000Mbit/s. I bet all new houses built will get glass-fiber right away though, and I hope they upgrade the old stuff soon because I like fast internet
I remember reading about this some time ago. It's good to see that it's actually close to becoming a reality.
Shows Canada as having 14.69Mb/s average speed. That's rank 35/180. If we compared it with the UK just a few months ago, it's be about the same. I remember when i compared it about a year ago. The UK average was closer to 9Mb/s. Now though, the spread of fiber is accelerating at an alarming rate, and there's 4-5 area-wide fiber networks providing anywhere from 40Mb/s up to 125Mb/s. My own area has one of these, the largest fiber network in Europe i believe (Digital Region, 500 square miles and covers 80%+ of South Yorkshire).
Typically, the area i live in was behind the curve regarding technology. Even today, we still can't get fiber from the major suppliers and BT have no real intention to fit it in our area. This other network however, cost £90M but lost so much money because it was limited to only a few ISP's, and wasn't advertised. It went up for sale some months ago, so there's hope that it might be sold to BT and thus be available to almost all ISP's at some point in the future. The advertised speeds are currently 24Mb/s, 40Mb/s, and 70Mb/s, but there have been cases where people got 125Mb/s.
Sure, it pales in comparison to what Google are doing, but really, compare the UK and any other country now, and we're starting to finally get decent internet spread throughout. 6 years ago, we were on 1Mb/s (if we were lucky). Now we're looking at 330Mb/s from BT in some areas in the not too distant future. It's not far from the point that we'll be able to freely delete games from Steam and such, and not have to spend hours downloading. At the moment, i peak at around 1.2MB/s actual download speed from Steam. I can't tell you how awesome it'd be to see 8.75MB/s from a 70Mb/s connection... but then you compare it with the 41.25MB/s from a 330Mb/s connection, and you realize that we're truly on the verge of speeds just going up and up until we reach something similar to what Google are doing.
One day, 1Gb/s connections will be nothing. Strange, but we'll possibly end up truly transferring to the cloud, and the installation size of games simply won't be an issue as it'll just all be streamed. I truly think that within 20 years, we'll see 100Gb/s connections available in a few areas and that the standard will be in the region of 2Gb/s. This may seem like a ridiculous pipedream, but there's already numerous cloud-based gaming services around. The only difference is that it probably won't require third-party software and that the technology will truly have been taken up by almost every company.
Just as a final note, the speed of your onboard LAN port is typically 1Gb/s.
but they can still see your ip even without tracking cookies and send advertisements your way based off what you've searched for from that ip...
no way around it really. cookies just make it easier and less stress on servers having to load up your data each time compared to your computer telling it what you have done recently.
anyway...yeah...happens all the time, cookies don't matter to much. just makes the process more efficient.
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Dear Google: kick out all the other ISPs in the US. Acquire all of the fiber networks that are being criminally unused around the country. Lay down new connections. Aquire tech grants, investing, anything required to make a proper country-wide fiber network a reality.
It really upsets me that the US HAS a huge high-capacity, high-speed fiber network just... sitting around. Being unused by the companies that own them. Not connected to anything. It upsets me that these companies are so reluctant or even downright unwilling to consider investing in bringing all of those unused fiber networks online. It's holding back the country's Internet capabilities, and I for one am all for plowing heedlessly into the technological future. These companies are even required -by law- to sell them if they sit unused, but they keep finding ways to hold onto them. It's only recently that they've begun selling networks on a very limited basis, such as to major education institutions.
You guys seem to have really shity internet providers. Here in little Sweden (Where polar bears roam the streets)100 Mbit/s is almost standard and it's very affordable. Our providers are selling 250Mbit/s for mere 50buck/month and already preparing for 1000 Mbit/s.
Google has nothing on us :>
I mean you guys are from supposed super nations, would've thought technology over there would be more accessible. ^^
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There's also the issue of the high speed networks that already exist but just aren't being used. It's expensive to connect them, and many companies just don't have the dollars to update major cities, even if the groundwork already exists. I admit that freely, despite my little rant up above. Google on the other hand, DOES have the money to do it, albeit slowly.
Prices are almost always high for a new service which pushes the boundaries. Broadband used to be a business only, with only a few households forking out for it, and I suspect this might be more aimed at business for now as well although it's good to see that it's available for the fortunate public that can afford it too. Will become the industry standard soon enough, like broadband did a few years back. (WoW could be played over dial up once upon a time).
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Well, guess that makes sense ^^ Google surely has the monetary advantage in this case.
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Well I hope they come to Michigan. I'm sick of AT&T and Comcast.
my 500kb internet seems fast as it is, gb sounds nuts.
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