Google Fiber Speed: What You Need to Know

Google Fiber, first announced by the company in 2010, promises connection speeds 100 times faster than any basic broadband service currently available.

The speed of your Internet connection can have a major impact on your online needs. As the amount of movies and shows increase on streaming services such Netflix, Hulu and other on demand sites, it’s easy for a slow connection to ruin movie night at home.

Google Fiber Speed: By the numbers

The average Internet speed in the U.S. is 7.4 megabits per second (Mbps), according to a “State of the Internet Report” released by Akamai Technologies. It seems that the U.S. has some catching up to do in this department.

According to Akamai’s ranking, South Korea comes in first on the list with a connection speed of 14 Mbps. The U.S. came in at number 8, ranking behind Japan, Hong Kong and Switzerland. About 19 percent of the Internet connections in the U.S deliver speeds over 10 Mbps.

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Buffering: Ain’t nobody got time for that

Google Fiber promises speeds 100 times faster than basic broadband connections. Slate reporter Farhad Manjoo had the opportunity to speed test and saw a demonstration where a computer was able to get download speeds of 938.24 Mbps and uploads of 911.67 Mbps. Videos showed in HD played almost instantaneously. There was no buffering to be seen.

If this doesn’t fill you with fiber-envy yet, then imagine being able to download huge files in seconds or watching a high definition movie without any skips or sputters.

For now, Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Kansas. Additional cities have been added and received the nod from Google to also receive service, including Austin, Texas.

A future with 1-gigabit Internet, like Google Fiber is offering, leaves much to the imagination. The future is now it seems, but are you ready?