Why do you need a gig?

According to the Akamai State of the Internet report for Q1 2013, for wired connections :

  • The average broadband connection speed in the U.S. was 9.8 Mbps.
  • The global average connection speed was 4 Mbps.

Compare this to Google Fiber, which gives you up to a gigabit (1000 Mbps) for both downloading and uploading. That is over 100 times faster than the U.S. average for basic broadband speeds.

So what can you do with that much bandwidth?

Technology is advancing everyday. Even today, there are many use cases in which having gigabit capability enables you to do so much more. For example:

  • Streaming videos, movies, and TV shows. For some users with broadband connections, this is available to you today. However, with a gigabit connection, you can stream high-definition (HD) video content with little to no delays or buffering. In fact, Google Fiber is excited to be one of the providers that Netflix allows to access their Super HD video content. More content continues to be available in HD quality, and you can see this trend with videos on YouTube. Not only can you stream video content, you can do so at amazing speeds. This means less time waiting and more time enjoying your favorite shows and movies.

  • Improved online experience for multiple users and devices connected to your network. Have you ever logged onto a public wireless network and experienced slow browsing speeds due to the number of users logged on? This same issue happens in consumers' homes everyday as more devices (smartphones, TVs, gaming systems, computers, tablets, and so on) connect to the web. As more devices log onto your network using your bandwidth, each user's speed decreases. With Google Fiber, this is less of a concern since our speeds are 100 times faster than today's average broadband.

  • Video conferencing. Video conferencing is becoming more popular everyday. People can use Google Hangouts, Facetime, Skype, and so many other services. Each of these services uses bandwidth on your Internet connection. Without sufficient speeds, video quality is poor, and users can experience frequent disconnects or frozen pictures. With Google Fiber Gigabit Internet, this is just not a problem. Try Google Hangouts with up to 10 people at a time!

  • Download and upload files, photos, and videos at incredible speeds. Most smartphones have high-powered cameras that can take amazing shots. These high quality images increase the size of every photo or video file. When uploading these files to social networks or to the cloud, each file can take minutes to hours, depending on the file size. With Google Fiber, we cut these download and upload times down to seconds.

  • Play games. Online gaming is growing in popularity, and new games with high-quality video content require fast and stable connections. With Google Fiber Gigabit Internet, you can play your online games seamlessly.

Fun facts...

  • With a gig, you can:

    • Stream—without buffering—at least 5 high-definition videos (1080p) at the same time and still have enough bandwidth to email and surf the web.

    • Transfer data over the Internet faster than you can write data to a thumb drive.

    • Download data as fast as many computers can save the data to a hard drive.

    • Download an entire digital movie (14 GB) in a little under 2 minutes.

  • Some Internet service providers currently cap data downloads at 250 GB per month. You can download that much data on a 1 gig connection in about 33 minutes. Good thing there is no limit on your data downloads with Google Fiber!

And if having all of the speed of a Gigabit is not enough, with our Gigabit Internet plan, we also give you one terabyte of free storage space on Google Drive across Gmail, Drive, and G+ Photos. This space is equivalent to storing approximately 250,000 pictures using a 10-megapixel camera.