As true lovers of progress – or is it chaos? – we’re having trouble hiding our ear-to-ear grins:
Why pay TV operators should fear Google Fiber – by Deborah Yao
Google Inc. is reinventing the business of pay TV and broadband — and it may not need to wire every U.S. city to make an impact. Operators everywhere should be very, very afraid.
In Kansas City, Kan.-Mo., Google Fiber is offering Internet speeds 172x faster than the U.S. average, DVR storage capacity equal to a top-of-the-line TiVo Inc. box, one simple video package that includes all non-premium channels and an innovative user experience that more seamlessly melds Internet and TV.
There are no extra charges for HD TV, set-top box rentals or whole-home DVRs. Internet usage is not capped, and there are no overages. As if that were not enough, Google is offering free Internet service at average U.S. speeds and plans to connect hospitals, libraries, government offices and other institutions at no cost.
Frustrated with the nation’s broadband providers and their usage caps, prices and globally lagging speeds, Google is taking matters into its own hands to accelerate innovation and secure its own future.
Google Fiber is part of a grand plan to create highly connected societies, a place where “bandwidth flows like water, where the fastest Internet in the world is available at an affordable price and [where] people can get access to basic broadband for free,” said Milo Medin, vice president of access services at Google, one of several executives who spoke at the service’s July 26 launch in Kansas City.
“It’s not just Internet. It’s not just TV. It’s Google Fiber.”
Lovers of “disruption,” that’s the word we were looking for. Because in the tech world disruption is a positive thing. And we’re nothing if not positive that we’d love to see a big change. The way we look at it, the better the method of delivery, the more heterogeneous the audience. And the more wide-ranging the audience, the more openly, honestly, and adventurously we can write.