Google Fiber Internet Expansion


Google Fiber: The Fastest Fiber Optics Available

You know Google as the most popularly used search engine on the web. Since Google’s creation in 1998, the company has expanded into many branches of the Internet: email, games, cloud services, apps, and most recently, Google Glass. To keep up its leading role in the tech world, this maverick has decided to become an Internet service provider with fiber optic connections: Google brings to you, Google Fiber.

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Fiber Optics

Internet connections using fiber optic cables start with download speeds around 15Mbps. The average download speed is somewhere around five Mbps for cable and DSL users. Google promises speeds of one Gbps for both downloading and uploading. This translates to 1,024Mbps download speeds and 128Mbps upload speeds.

Although fiber optics allows for much faster Internet, many may not have access to a provider in their area. This is due to the fact that a fiber optic wire system needs to be set up in the community. Unless the city has a high enough demand for fiber optic speeds, most companies cannot afford the set up costs. Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah. But Google continues to expand the network in interested cities.

Google Drive

For those who do not back up their data on a hard drive, they look to online cloud services to back up their data. When you store a photo on a cloud storage, you can access it online wherever, whenever. Google Drive serves as a cloud service for all of your files.

With Google Drive, you can:

  • Upload multiple files at the same time
  • Upload a PDF, excel sheet, PowerPoint, images, and many more file types
  • Share publicly, with a select few, or not at all
  • Schedule automatic uploads

Google Fiber comes with one terabyte of storage space to share between your Gmail, Drive, and Photos. Google Drive is compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, Chrome OS, iOS, and Android devices.


For $70 per month, you can get Google Fiber and its one Gbps speeds. Google waives the installation fee of $300 for customer convenience.

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Other Features

Google offers a variety of online services that are available without Google Fiber. Although Google Fiber comes with few of its own features, consider Google Fiber for its innovation on speed. Keep in mind that at one Gbps, you have the ability to:

  • Stream at least  five HD videos at the same time without buffering
  • Download entire movies in less than two minutes

With one Gbps speeds, Google enables users to browse, download, and upload much more than other companies. That’s why Google Fiber does not have a data limit.

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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