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  • #508377

    futureman
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    DBC said:
    Dunno about you guys, but I am thinking of moving to Nashville, just for the Google Fiber. The fact that the fastest we get here is 50mbit is terrible. Hopefully once Comcast takes over TWC we can at least get 100mbit. Pathetic what we are offered here.

    You do realize that it isn’t 100% certain it’s coming to Nashville. They need to make it attractive enough to Google to move forward – it’s a competition between the cities.

    “Google just announced that it’s invited nine metro areas across the US to explore “what it would take” to bring its Google Fiber gigabit internet service”

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/19/5426338/google-will-explore-bringing-fiber-34-additional-cities

    #508378

    Mister MooCow
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    Walker said:
    I’m a pretty heavy internet user and rarely do I need to stream/download so much stuff that a jump from 50mbit to 100mbit would make any practical difference.

    You know it’s more than just the size of the pipe, right? It’s also decreased latency — so instead of taking 10 seconds to load every page of some insanely over-complicated web site that has to make multiple dips back to the cloud before rendering even a single pixel, it takes 5 (and when you’re clicking around trying to get your direct-flight plane ticket at the cheapest price, every second counts!).

    Just like with CPU speed, RAM access time, and disk seek time — there is no such thing as too fast.

    #508379

    joev
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    Google Fiber should go to places like Appalachian Ohio, that are still stuck with dial-up.

    #508380

    DBC
    Member

    Walker said:
    I’m a pretty heavy internet user and rarely do I need to stream/download so much stuff that a jump from 50mbit to 100mbit would make any practical difference.

    Let’s see if that holds true in 5 years. Say you and Anne are watching a 4k movie over netflix, while one child is playing xbox live, and the other child is watching youtube videos. Do you think the extra 50mbit would not make a difference then?

    The reality is bandwidth usage has and is increasing exponentially year over year. Bandwidth is only becoming more important with streaming video, cloud storage, online gaming and VOIP. Why do you think ISP’s are, and will throttle the amount you can download per month? We are using more and more each year, and that number will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

    #508381

    DBC
    Member

    futureman said:
    You do realize that it isn’t 100% certain it’s coming to Nashville. They need to make it attractive enough to Google to move forward – it’s a competition between the cities.

    “Google just announced that it’s invited nine metro areas across the US to explore “what it would take” to bring its Google Fiber gigabit internet service”

    http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/19/5426338/google-will-explore-bringing-fiber-34-additional-cities

    I wasn’t serious….just saying the fact we can onlly get 50mbit is pathetic. Again, hoping that after the Comcast TWC merger is completed Comcast upgrades our pathetic TWC services.

    #508382
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    DBC said:
    Let’s see if that holds true in 5 years. Say you and Anne are watching a 4k movie over netflix, while one child is playing xbox live, and the other child is watching youtube videos. Do you think the extra 50mbit would not make a difference then?

    It sounds like 50mbit would be something closer to a necessity if that were the case in the future.

    That still doesn’t mean that most people would really utilize 100mbit connection today.

    I’m not saying that bandwidth isn’t increasing. Just seems like overkill to need 100mbit today.

    #508383
    Ned23
    Ned23
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    IIRC, The City of Columbus actually owns its own system of utility poles that supply streetlights and municipal electricity to a good portion of the city. Seems like they could offer access to those straight up and everyone with access to Columbus City Power could also get access to the fiber. Then Google would only need to branch out to 3rd party poles beyond that initial network.

    Can you imagine how green with envy the suburbs would be when they see North Linden getting blazing fast fiber for $30/mo?

    #508384

    Achekov
    Participant

    Ned23 said:

    Can you imagine how green with envy the suburbs would be when they see North Linden getting blazing fast fiber for $30/mo?

    Not only that, but it’s also a way to get upwardly-mobile 20-somethings to consider housing in North Linden. How’s that for win-win?

    DBC said:
    Again, hoping that after the Comcast TWC merger is completed Comcast upgrades our pathetic TWC services.

    When I play video games it always seems like the players with Comcast are having connection and speed issues. I can’t even count how often I’ve seen “I #&%-ing hate Comcast!” in a game chat.

    #508385

    DBC
    Member

    Achekov said:
    Not only that, but it’s also a way to get upwardly-mobile 20-somethings to consider housing in North Linden. How’s that for win-win?

    When I play video games it always seems like the players with Comcast are having connection and speed issues. I can’t even count how often I’ve seen “I #&%-ing hate Comcast!” in a game chat.

    They all suck, no one is saying Comcast is great, but they are better than TWC. The reason you probably hear it more often is because Comcast is twice the size of TWC with many more customers. TWC is that bad. All of them were even worse until FIOS came along. Honestly, without VZ we would be more behind than we are already.

    #508386

    Mister MooCow
    Participant

    Achekov said:
    Not only that, but it’s also a way to get upwardly-mobile 20-somethings to consider housing in North Linden. How’s that for win-win?

    Sounds awesome. Is anyone besides me interested in pushing this?

    #508387

    Geno99
    Participant

    Mister MooCow said:
    Sounds awesome. Is anyone besides me interested in pushing this?

    I am. Does anyone know how to start one of those on-line petitions? We could petition the city.

    #971560

    Achekov
    Participant

    Anyone heard anything new about this? It seemed like this discussion was just heating up when the site went down for a remodel and it got buried.

    #1021195

    Geno99
    Participant

    They all suck, no one is saying Comcast is great, but they are better than TWC. The reason you probably hear it more often is because Comcast is twice the size of TWC with many more customers. TWC is that bad. All of them were even worse until FIOS came along. Honestly, without VZ we would be more behind than we are already.

    FIOS is officially dead for the time being. Verizon has announced that it has No Plans for expanding FIOS any further for the foreseeable future. Perhaps after they finish phasing out their DSL lines they will revisit the issue.

    All the more reason to revisit courting Google to come here.

    #1021208

    mbeaumont
    Participant

    Not to derail, but it’s so frustrating that I can’t get decent broadband in this city. I’ve tried both TW and AT&T and both are terrible. Dropouts, inconsistent speeds, terrible customer service, etc. I would be willing to pay up to $60-70 a month for good, really fast, reliable broadband and I simply cannot purchase it here. So frustrating.

    #1021212
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Not to derail, but it’s so frustrating that I can’t get decent broadband in this city. I’ve tried both TW and AT&T and both are terrible. Dropouts, inconsistent speeds, terrible customer service, etc. I would be willing to pay up to $60-70 a month for good, really fast, reliable broadband and I simply cannot purchase it here. So frustrating.

    Have you heard of this?

    http://www.themetropreneur.com/columbus/capaciti-introduces-high-speed-business-broadband-to-columbus/

    Targeted toward businesses, but perhaps a home business qualifies? Not sure about their access range outside of Downtown.

    I tested it out for a week with a free access pass they provided and it’s crazy, crazy fast. We would have switched on the spot if we didn’t have a contract with Time Warner left to run out. :(

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