San Francisco, The Next Fiber City

As more bay area residents continue to resist “techie influences,” Google’s recent announcement may help them win over some San Francisco residents. Google announced on Wednesday that it plans to bring its revolutionary “Google Fiber” to areas of San Francisco.

Google Fiber is a high-speed fiber-optic Internet provider. After its trial in small Palo Alto communities, in 2012 Google selected Kansas City, Missouri as its first fiber city. “Google Fiber was founded with the goal to make the web faster and better. Since we launched in 2012, we’ve been humbled by the overwhelming response.”

Google Fiber is unique because instead of following in the footsteps of cable and Internet giants like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T; Google wanted to connect more people faster and cheaper than ever before.

For the average household, Google Fiber provides 1000 Mbps (Mega Bites Per Second) Internet service for as cheap as $70 a month, nearly 150 times faster than what Comcast, and other cable giants offer. For a slightly higher price, Google Fiber can also include more than 150 HD channels, and 1000 Mbps Internet service for $130. However, the real difference between Google and its competitors is that Google offers basic 5mbps Internet service for free, by doing this Google is hoping to connect more people than ever before.

Google Fiber Packages:

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Courtesy of fiber.google.com

 

For Comparison: (Comcast Internet Packages)

 

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Courtesy of Comcast.net

 

Although competitors have similar services as you can see in the image below, Comcast is charging $300 dollars a month for a service that Google is providing for $70.

The services provided by Google Fiber are on an entirely different level than the services being provided by Comcast and its other competitors.

Since it’s initial installment in Kansas City, Google Fiber has spread to eight other cities across the United States, with further expansions being announced regularly.

On Feb. 16, 2016, Google announced that it plans to bring Google Fiber to neighborhoods and communities in San Francisco. Google’s expansion into San Francisco comes as no surprise; Google has a large office based in San Francisco, with its Googleplex headquarters just a few miles south in Mountain View, Ca.

As Google continues to push the limits of technology, it remains to be seen if its competitors will be able to adapt, or die out.

– Anthony

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