Google Fiber: Pros and Cons

By Christina DesMarais – he lucky citizens of Kansas City—the first U.S. city to get it from Google—will 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.

Google Fiber has so much beauty, people are literally begging Google to bring it to their cities. Yet fiber doesn’t come without caveats. Here’s a look at some pros and cons.


  • ISPs Will Have to React
  • No Bandwidth Caps
  • A Super Cool Remote and Option for a Chromebook
  • Storage Galore


  • No ESPN
  • Don’t Expect it Anytime Soon
  • Now Google Will Really Know Everything
  • For Now, A Gigabit Connection Can be Underwhelming

Considering the alternatives—comparably slow and expensive offerings from cable companies—Kansas City getting Google Fiber is akin to the city winning a digital lottery. more>


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