Carol Forsloff — For those of you struggling with the growing traffic on the Internet, the stops and starts of a highway that gets clogged, help is on the way that is 100 times faster than we have today. Here’s what is in your immediate future.
Google is beginning a fiber network with its first installment of a piece that is due to take off in other cities fairly soon. Kansas City is the site of the first of this fiber network.
Folks in the tech world remind us that Internet speed has hardly grown much in the past 16 years since the outset of broadband, but things are about to change, according to Google.
This is what Google has to say on its official blog:
With that in mind, we embarked on a journey to bring ultra-high speeds to Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. And today, we’re excited to announce Google Fiber. Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today’s average broadband. No more buffering. No more loading. No more waiting. Gigabit speeds will get rid of these pesky, archaic problems and open up new opportunities for the web. Imagine: instantaneous sharing; truly global education; medical appointments with 3D imaging; even new industries that we haven’t even dreamed of, powered by a gig.
In the meantime, folks in the outlying areas of Portland struggle to get Internet speeds that will allow transfer of data that is fast enough to get the job done with videos and pictures. Comcast, or “Infinity” as it is now called, does not have the infinite speeds touted, as it seems is occurring in other areas as well.
But Kansas City is the first to be cutting edge in the technology of Internet future. Let’s hope the rest of the world benefits soon.
The change may make a difference, so that the wonderful story, picture or moving picture might be at your Internet door in seconds, virtually as it happens, which could be the communication that will be necessary to keep up with the instant happenings throughout the world.