I’m greedy. I want exactly what I want at all times. Case in point, I want gigabit internet (that’s 1,000Mbps down and 1,000Mbps) here in Phoenix and I want it here immediately. As a CableCo subscriber and former CableCo employer, I know for a fact that Cox Cable and CenturyLink aren’t going to bother unless a newcomer arrives to disrupt the market, which may be a while.
There was hope early on that with Google’s Fiber experiment, participants of the information oligarchy would be more keen to open up their offerings. At one Megabit per second, your current DSL and cable internet connections look like dial-up scribblings from an ancient modem. Cave art. So it’s fine to see that, at least in Austin, AT&T unveiled they would be building a gigabit network to compete with Google Fiber. In a city that serves as Texas’ capital and the home of last month’s South by Southwest festival (and has culture and bats and all that stuff), it’s nice to see that Google didn’t think their experiment would end in Kansas City.
Although none of your devices could take full advantage of the speed unless they were wired straight into the Google-provided modem, being able to wake up, take a jog, sip some orange juice and watch the news from the internet completely unbuffered, is a kind of miracle service, something that many of us couldn’t possibly imagine. These networks won’t begin to build out until next year. Google, can you get on the information superhighway to Phoenix next time around?