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Google unveils 100x faster Internet service in Kansas City:

Google Inc. unveiled its Google Fiber broadband Internet service in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, promising access speeds more than 100 times faster than some of the fastest available from traditional U.S. cable and telecommunications companies.

The new Google Fiber TV service will be priced at $120 a month for a package of major broadcast networks, 1 gigabyte per second Internet speeds and 1 terabyte of cloud storage. For $70 a month the service will not include the traditional TV channels.

The new advanced service will offer features such as the ability to record eight TV shows at a time and store up to 500 hours of high definition programming. The user can use a tablet or smart phone as a voice-activated remote control if the user wants.

Google is offering its Nexus 7 tablet with the Google TV app to early users of the service.

Google Fiber TV will allow users to search live channels, Netflix, YouTube, recorded shows and tens of thousands of hours of on-demand programming. The new service will also be available to residents of Kansas City, Kansas.

"The Internet is a huge positive force, and yet we are at a crossroad," said Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette, who has played a lead role in overseeing the Fiber project. He said Internet speeds had leveled out for broadband since around 2000, and Google would making it 100 times faster.

"We at Google we believe there is no need to wait," he said.

The download speeds would be around 1 gigabyte a second, according to Google executives who were presenting a demonstration. Google invested in building out fiber in Kansas City, Mo. in 2011 after inviting cities back in 2010 to help identify communities that would be interested taking part in the project.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-google-unveils-100x-faster-internet-service-in-kansas-city-20120726,0,1415119.story

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Am I correct in saying that the speed of downloads also depends on your computer?!?

Because we have had the same computer for a few years and have changed internet providers (saying they are faster than the other), and have seen no apparent difference :huh:

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Am I correct in saying that the speed of downloads also depends on your computer?!?

Because we have had the same computer for a few years and have changed internet providers (saying they are faster than the other), and have seen no apparent difference :huh:

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Not so much as it could depend on your modem or router if you're using wireless.

It also mainly depends on how many people are using it in your area. For instance I usually get an average of 25mbps but one day there must have been so much activity that I was getting less than 1mbps... It was pretty upsetting..

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Google Fiber Competitor: "Bring it on!"

Time Warner Cable provided this statement:

“While today’s announcement was certainly interesting, we are very confident in the products and services that we provide to our customers. We have an army of local experts and carefully tested products, and our employees live here and are invested in the Kansas City community. We have the people, products and local service to compete with anyone, anytime, anywhere, so bring it on!

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