Google brought the concept of a consumer gigabit connection to the public’s attention when they announced (in 2011) and subsequently released their gigabit internet and TV service in Kansas City in late 2012.
Google’s goal seemed to be to “shame” other internet service providers (ISPs) into better service by showing that it can be done, or at least making consumers aware that it could be done, which would hopefully lead to those consumers putting pressure on other ISPs nationwide.
The effect on ISPs that were located where Google announced they would be offering gigabit service was visible. Connection speeds increased (though no where near what Google could offer) and promises were made that faster service would be available from companies besides Google. But has it had any effect on the rest of the nation?
UPDATE: Read full review here
CenturyLink’s gigabit internet was installed yesterday and I have been deciding how I am going to go about reviewing how it impacts daily internet use.
Obviously, the first thing I did was perform a speed test at speedtest.net.
I noticed that different servers offered very different speeds. At this point in time, I think a gigabit connection cannot be accurately tested against most of the internet. Google supplies their own server in cooperation with speedtest.net in order to show near full gigabit speeds.
Update: New speed tests have shown that my connection is capable of 800mbps+ download and upload when hooked directly to the CenturyLink modem.
Anyway, here is one of the results I got. I will be doing a much more in-depth write-up in the very near future.
For now, let’s just say that the rest of the internet needs to catch up to me now.