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Google Fiber to Expand (a Bit) as Cities Explore Broadband

Mary Jander, Managing Editor, Future Cities
Thursday, February 20, 2014 09:00 EST

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Toby
Toby  
3/4/2014 9:10:58 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
What does one do with it?
Oddly I am not sure what I need blazingly fast Internet for. I have used 1-3MB for years and it is fine for most things including streaming video. What would I do with 300MB? Stream 100 Videos? Download 100 more? Don't tell me I need it to see 500 channels of TV. I simply don't own one any more...who needs it?

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
3/3/2014 12:29:18 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Add physical location to Google+
I think we all want to stay that way, let's hope that even those companies think the same way!

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/3/2014 11:53:09 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Google Fiber at the expense off??
I'm not sure really, @arv, whether there are other complications that need to be addressed when Google buys fiber to use for its service. But in any city, there are municipal regulations galore governing the use, leasing, and sale of property, and I think a lot has to pass the council's approval as well.

Also, I think there needs to be sufficient evidence of a market before Google will move into the neighborhood.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
3/3/2014 11:49:35 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Add physical location to Google+
Totally hilarious vid, @lesthertod! Let's hope it stays far-fetched and funny.

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/28/2014 11:37:15 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Add physical location to Google+
Yep, they might suggest that we should add home view... for security concerns or something.

For a chuckle Mary, a while back saw this video:



Just to think about personalized home ads gives me creeps!

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/28/2014 11:34:42 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Add physical location to Google+
Your comment and your avatar made me think on Space Odyssey.

 

Perhaps we took the wrong turn on our way towards the future because we all saw it quite distant, and almost nobody noticed that it was "here" already. Maybe, just maybe, we're not too late to aim towards StarWars' (sorry, not a trekkie) future if we decide to manage things differently, and yes I'm talking about the internet of things. Do we really need a fridge that could tweet us if we're running out of frozen dinners?

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/28/2014 11:29:02 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Add physical location to Google+
(for some reason I couldn't edit my previous comment).


It just came into my mind, that it might be not just some millionaire's tantrum. If they have got any Agile methologies/philosophies in there, they might be into the test often, fail quickly and move on.

Which for us mortals seems fine with weekend-projects... not with million-dollars-worthy ones. Different mindset perhaps?

Lesthertod
Lesthertod  
2/28/2014 11:26:53 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Add physical location to Google+
Even if they get into a crowded market (I mean, they do have the resources to do so), if they are just running "experiments" that cost 800 million dollars. I think they're not planning enough or doing much R+D to avoid failing or just archiving some old stuff that they decided they were not into anymore.

mejiac
mejiac  
2/28/2014 11:26:35 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Faster Than A Speeding Bullet?
@PostSandy,

Agreed....I don't think I can manage a day without "googling" something.

The product portfolio is very impressive, and I would say even unique for being a tech company.

But like the examples you mentioned, there's a focus on those companies... those google have one? to be the master of everything?

mejiac
mejiac  
2/28/2014 11:24:36 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Add physical location to Google+
@Lesthertod,

As a google fanboy, I have to agree that it comes a point that it simply becomes annoying as you state.

I mean, are you a tech company? a service provider? entertainment? all of the above?

I get they have resources, but hopefully whatever focus they're putting effort on is something that brings something new to the table, and not simply get into a market that's already crowded.

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