All other ISPs Vs Google Fiber
If you’re fortunate enough to live in one of the very few cities or metro areas, such as Kansas City or Austin, that have Google Fiber, you probably remember the battle to get there. But for those who have yet to experience the wonder of the modern world, there are semi-alternatives available. These faux alternatives are offered by the companies that Google is battling with and they are AT&T, Comcast, Time-Warner, etc… That battle is still waging now, but it’s akin to the beating that the Seahawks gave to the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII (48).
Let’s review what each company has to offer.
Google Fiber is 1000 Mbps Synchronous, that is both directions, upload and download. It costs $70 per month. You can get Television service as well for an additional $50 per month. Installation is Free if you sign up for a 12-month contract. The price does not change after the contract period.
AT&T does not currently offer Fiber service in areas that do not currently have Google Fiber available. But you can get up 50 Mbps / 5 Mbps (Dn/Up) in many areas for between $50 and $100 / month with a 24-month contract. And the price will go up after that.
Comcast does offer Fiber Service, even as much as 2 Gbps in areas where Google Fiber is currently available. The deal is great for those with money to burn; $500 for install, $500 for activation, and $300 per month with a 12-month contract.
As for Time-Warner Cable, there’s only whispers of a suppositional possibility for 1 gbps service in the future.
It would appear that the best deal, even if not available in your town, is Google Fiber. You may have to suffer with slow speeds, high cost, and wretched customer service, for a while until Google Fiber gets to you. And there are usually other alternatives locally, but you may pay more for them. For example, in Northern California, a local company Etheric Networks, offers a land-based microwave system that offers up to 100 Mbps, but at a steep price. Whereas another local company offers AT&T’s U-verse service for 50% less and it includes VoIP phone service (Sonic.net)
If you’re wondering why Google Fiber is so much less expensive and why all the other ISPs have yet to offer Gigabit service, the answer is a complex one. Google wants everyone on the internet and the fast, the better. Google sells ads and the more bandwidth, the fast ads can be sold. The other ISPs currently make a very good living from charging consumers for slow internet, especially in monopolized markets. Plus, improving access speeds is a massive infrastructure cost. In short, it is in Google’s interest to give you faster internet, it is not in the interest of all other ISPs.