Charlotte to get Google Fiber

If you had 1000 Mb/Second Internet access, how would you use it?

I don’t download copies of an entire human genome in my spare time, don’t need a copy of every YouTube video featuring a cat. The current top of the line 4k video requires 15 Mb/Second and realistically needs 50 Mb/Sec. I guess we’re laying the foundation for 100k TV or perhaps direct brain implants.

Now that the web server is not in my bedroom, I don’t begin to need even the 20 Mb/second I have. In Connecticut I was so disgusted with the Cable TV company that I was thrilled to replace it with reliable AT&T 1.5 Mb/sec DSL.

I’m confident the city will find the bandwidth useful to install TV cameras every 50 feet, more license plate readers, red light cameras, mandatory smart light bulbs and gunshot triangulators. You can’t be too safe.

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5 Responses to Charlotte to get Google Fiber

  1. Parrott says:

    well I did a speed test that CNET had on their site.
    It said my speed here at home is 2.65MB/sec DSL.
    Verizon. Interesting thing it between 8:15 and 8:50pm most every evening, for about 45 seconds, to a minute to I get a hiccup or glitch where the DSL signal drops. I bet they are resetting or something, but it’s always that time. It is regular and in that eight o’clock hour somewhere. Very seldom is it in the 9pm eastern time.
    Otherwise the DSL usually very solid with no drops during the day when I work, Its a good thing , cause it would cause me issues with the VPN and everything I log into at the home office in NOVA.
    oh well
    parrott

    • Art Stone says:

      The “slow” AT&T DSL only went down one time in the entire time I had it – probably the day they spliced in the uVerse equipment. UVerse was even better and allowed me to run the web site in my condo in CT. At the peak of FindAnISP.com, when I probably had 100x the traffic I have now, my connection at the web hosting facility was 1 Mb/sec (15 years ago). This web site could probably run now from a dialup connection šŸ˜‰ AT&T has had 90 years to figure out how to do 99.99999% reliability

      The fiber Internet service in Salisbury run by the city had information on their web site that the phone service was down for half an hour, “but it wasn’t our fault”. Umm, yes it was, no matter what the cause was. You picked the 3rd party that provides the phone service and should never have a single point of failure. It’s a thing called “engineering”

      https://www.facebook.com/fibrant

      They claim “5 9s” (99.999%) which is 5 1/2 minutes per year. It was 23 hours between when they posted the first message and when the situation was resolved. Making things more dangerous is you don’t have any way to know people are unable to call you.

  2. TheChairman says:

    My hunch is 1000 Mb/s is not really for ‘you’. It’s for all the advertisers (aka Google) and other intrusive content being pushed to your browser/device in the background.

    MLB.com is one of the worst offenders. While streaming a game last spring (audio only) we kept getting dropouts. I discovered the main content (game audio stream) was being killed by all the ads, Flash, etc being pushed. This was with a subscription at $19.95 per season. What a racket… Ghostery showed 28 different sites pushing tripe.

    On that subject, I’ve noticed more sites are blocking content access -unless- I agree to disable my ad-blocking and script-blocking. Listenlive.co streaming, for example.

    I read the KC story mentioned above, tried to contain my laughter, and then visited ‘CyberJammer’ to see how she was using 1 Gbs (2 years later). WordPress? Really?!

    It seems the “Home for Hackers” is a flop-house for High-tech Grifters (a twist on High Plains Drifter)… complete with a ‘rainbow rabbit’ mascot on the porch. Yep.

    I notice the owner is now offering weekly or monthly rentals for 1 room (1 paying occupant). i.e. Somebody needs to pay the mortgage and utilities for the others.

    Looking at the current Home for Hackers page, I only see one idea that might begin to utilize 1 Gbs, but the link for that particular venture references Hong Kong (Chinese).

    • Art Stone says:

      Salisbury NC already has Gigabit Internet built by the city, but I didn’t read the fine print until yesterday (I’m considering moving there, or at least having a plan B short of Costa Rica).

      What they are actually offering for residential is 40 Mb/sec up and down. Most residential customers will never need substantial upload speeds unless they’re running BitTorrent. The Gigabit is for businesses, but even that makes less and less sense as mission critical apps are migrating to “the cloud”.

      Wifi really chased the wrong objective. I don’t need to stream HD video from room to room, but having a reliable 1 Mb/sec connection that was usable from a block away (without special equipment) would have made it much more useful.

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