Google gets into the broadband business
Google announced today that they are going to start offering 1Gbps broadband to select (50,000 to 500,000) homes in select spots in the country.
Just how fast is 1Gbps? It’s 100 times faster than a cable modem. 50 times faster than the usual fiber offering in the US, and 20,000 times faster than a 56k modem.
More importantly, it’s twice as fast as desktop hard drives, and is only slower than the fastest of solid state disks. In other words, storing something in the cloud becomes the same as storing something locally, with no need to download, preload, or buffer anything. Even a blu-ray movie can stream across the network, with plenty of headroom to spare.
This is where Google wants the world to be in 10 years. With a connection this fast and a very capable browser, each screen that runs the internet becomes simply a terminal into the applications of the web.