A few short minutes ago, we ran a speed test on our Internet connection.
And this is what we hit:
Downstream: 21.04 Mbps
Upstream: 3.83 Mbps
Good enough for the purposes of blogging, watching YouTube videos and streaming the occasional Netflix movie via our Roku box.
Now picture this: Google announced on its blog today that it plans to offer ultra-fast broadband connection of 1 Gbps, fiber to the home connection in the U.S.
Yes, kiddo, you read right. That is 1 Gbps and that too at a competitive price (sorry, no details on pricing yet).
That’s about 50 times faster than our already-fast connection and a gazillion times faster than the woe begone souls on DSL or, God forbid, dial-up.
Will such high speeds make a difference to the average Nishika, Mythili, Chandrasekhar or Somasekhar, blogging from the basement or playing YouTube videos?
Probably not because there are really no consumer applications that demand such speed.
And Google seemed to acknowledge that very point:
We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it’s creating new bandwidth-intensive “killer apps” and services, or other uses we can’t yet imagine.
In the blog post, Google mentioned 3D medical imagery and 3D videos of collaborative university lectures as examples of applications that could benefit from such high speeds.
Now before y’all schmucks get excited and start wanking off at the thought of Internet on steroids, remember this is a test and will not be available across the U.S.
Google said it plans to offer the ultra-fast service ‘to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.’
Google said starting today and until March 26 it’ll ask interested municipalities to provide it with information about their communities through a Request for information (RFI), which will form the basis for where the company builds the ultra-fast network.
What Lies Ahead
As TV screen sizes get bigger and Internet access speeds get faster, we envision a future where movie studios will directly release new films to consumers via high-speed connections.
The theater experience is often shitty with rude employees, overpriced tickets, extortionist-priced popcorn and soda and stinking halls.
Watch this space.