R Bryant FranciscloseAuthor: R Bryant Francis
Name: Bryant Francis
About: R. Bryant Francis is a former contributing writer to the Jace Hall Show who specializes in gaming, pop culture, and all-around geekiness. Outside of the show, Bryant pursues a career in Hollywood as a producer and filmmaker.See Authors Posts (226)
Palo Alto Patch did some on the ground reporting with the residents of Stanford California todayas the first wave of Google’s Google Fiber program rolled out, and the results are encouraging–the beta test for Google’s high-speed internet program will be delivering game-changing speeds (literally, imagine not lagging when that damn spy sneaks up on you in TF2) to Stanford residents, giving them access to internet speeds of 1 Gigabyte per second download.
Yeah, you read that right. 1 GB per second. For reference, most high-speed internet programs only get up to 20 MEGAbits per second download. So that huge movie you wanted to download off of iTunes? It can be there like that. Online gaming? Pssssh. And streaming HD games or other content would be easy, making services like Onlive incredibly reliable.
So Stanford’s getting it first–residents can opt in at $250 for a professional installation or $50 for a self-installation, but Google’s apparently heading to Missouri next with its glorious chalice of internet speed, so pay attention! You may not know when the internet fairy may bless you next.
(Also, if you’re on the ground and get Google Fiber in your house, let us know! We want to hear your experience.)