Google Fiber: Pros and cons

Kansas City, Kansas residents got a sweet deal for cheap, fast Internet access from Google; but they're paying a price in other ways.

By Christina DesMarais, PC World |  Networking, Google, Google Fiber

Everyone, and I mean absolutely everyone, wants Google Fiber. And who wouldnt?

Its service, with 1000 Mbps download and upload speeds, is 100 times faster than the Internet connection that most people have today. That means no more buffering videos, cloud gaming that doesnt slow down the entire house, and the genesis of HD videoconferencing for the average Joe.

And its cheap. The lucky citizens of Kansas Citythe first U.S. city to get it from Googlewill only pay $120 or $70 for their gig of Internet access. And for those Midwesterners who are happy with a regular old 5Mbps connection, they can get it for free for seven years after paying a $300 construction fee.

[See more: Google's Lightning-fast Fiber Network Now Live in Kansas City]

Google Fiber has so much beauty, people are literally begging Google to bring it to their cities. Yet fiber doesnt come without caveats. Heres a look at some pros and cons.

Pro: ISPs Will Have to React

Competition is good for consumers and it means the cable companies are going to have to switch things up, or die.

For $100 a month, Comcasts premium Internet connection offers downloads up to 50 Mbps and uploads up to 10 Mbps and thats with no TV whatsoever. ISPs are going to have to get faster and cheaper, which is good news for consumers.

Pro: No Bandwidth Caps

To its credit, Comcast, which is the leading ISP in the U.S., doesnt count streaming from its own streaming video service against caps. But check this: Google doesnt have any caps at all and even includes Netflix in its service when it could have given preferential treatment to its own YouTube and Fiber TV products.

This is huge, especially for people who live in places where cable hasnt yet arrived (still true in many rural areas) and can only get high speed Internet access through a cellular carrier. In such cases, most of these folks can forget about streaming anything, unless the exorbitant cost of blasting through data caps doesnt bother them.

Pro: A Super Cool Remote and Option for a Chromebook


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