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

The neighborhoods toward the topbased upon which ones have demonstrated their longing for Fiber the most by preregistering the most homeslikely wont be flying around on the Internet like lightning until mid-2013. As for the rest of the world . . . well, theres no telling.

Con: Now Google Will Really Know Everything

Google already knows a lot about its userswhere we go online, what kinds of things we buy, where we take our Android phones. Some people dont have a problem with this, andlike Googlefeel it helps the search and advertising giant better serve them.

But Googles track record on privacy is far from spotless. Some people arent going to be comfortable with Google also having their TV and movie consumption data, on top of everything else. If that concerns you, check out the Google Fiber Privacy Notice.

Con: For Now, A Gigabit Connection Can be Underwhelming

Fiber users with less-than-stellar equipment or those trying to communicate with others on the Internet not blessed with a great connection arent going to hugely impressed with what theyll get. If youve ever tried to Skype with someone working with either of these scenarios, you know what I mean.

As GigaOm points out, the Internet is reciprocal so its no fun if you have the speeds to send a holographic image of yourself but no one on the other end can receive it. In fact, underwhelming describes the experience in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where for the past two years the public utility has offered customers a gigabit fiber-to-the-home connection for about $300 a month.

Still, considering the alternativescomparably slow and expensive offerings from cable companiesKansas City getting Google Fiber is akin to the city winning a digital lottery. 

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