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Old 07-25-2012, 06:35 PM  
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Somebody's gotta have the inside scoop on Google Fiber launching tomorrow..??

https://fiber.google.com/savethedate/

Live broadcast over YouTube tomorrow. Anybody have any early news on this? Will it be available all over the Metro? How long will the waiting list be?

Anybody know anything? I'm impatient.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #136
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I wish the free package was more than 5Mbs. I'd be willing to pay more for the construction fee if it was.

Or at least have a package in between the free and $70 a month one. That's a pretty steep jump.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:46 AM   #137
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$120 for t.v and internet is a pretty good deal.

$70 for internet just isn't going to appeal to the average person

only the heavy internet users are going to go for it. The rich people with more money they they need with get it just for kicks, of course.

$50 would of been a more competitive introductory price imo.

It's not about the speed, it about the price. JMO


the $300/5megs for 7 years is going to be a huge draw though
I pay less than $120/month for TWC (even though it's gone up a few times since my initial 12 months was up) and I get about 20-25 megabit down (and 1 megabit up), as well as a sports package... so, hopefully Google's $120/month option includes NHLN, CBS and NBC Sports, etc (I think they're all listed, but not sure if any are premium); or else it would be a tougher decision. I like the service and they were pretty responsive about the couple of issues I've had... and it's not like I need a 1 gigabit internet connection, so even though the geek in me is all " ", the practical side of me is kind of glad I can sit back and see what others think before it comes to the Northland.

I thought their introductory price would be closer to $50/month, but I like all of the options... if speed matters, $70/month isn't bad for a connection that's 100 times faster. If you just check email and facebook, $25/month for a year and then free for 6 years after that is awesome.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:47 AM   #138
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He's an idiot.
Supposedly there's an ISP in TN that is deploying fiber-to-your-door right now. They charge in the $300-400/mo range. $70 is price-war competitive.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:48 AM   #139
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TV channel wise...this is only the starting point. They are working out more deals and the cool thing about the value of all of this is it will only expand.
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:51 AM   #140
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Have you priced ISPs out recently? The going rate for high speed is anywhere from $30-60 ish for the 2-5mbps or so range. Google Fiber is offering ~120mbps for $70. And you think that's not competitive?
all the little computer nerds running around here are going to get pissed ... i get it.

The average user can get a 10 meg connection through road runner for 29.99(+extra bullshit) and that speed is all they are going to really need.

unless you have a specific speed need(ie work,nerd joy etc) or you have money to waste the average person isn't going spend $70 a month on internet if they can get it for $30. JMO
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Old 07-27-2012, 10:58 AM   #141
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all the little computer nerds running around here are going to get pissed ... i get it.

The average user can get a 10 meg connection through road runner for 29.99(+extra bullshit) and that speed is all they are going to really need.

unless you have a specific speed need(ie work,nerd joy etc) or you have money to waste the average person isn't going spend $70 a month on internet if they can get it for $30. JMO
I agree with that, even though it's slowly changing with the number of households that are cutting cable. $70/month is a good deal if you want that kind of speed, but I don't think the average customer cares. When I've had issues watching online streams in the past, it's because I was getting something stupid like 0.5mbps.... Google's free option will be more than enough for many people.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:08 AM   #142
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #143
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I'll agree that $70 option isn't for every one. If I were in an area to get it I would either do free or the TV. 1080p uncompressed video(rumors) would be well worth it just for the TV, the gigabit internet would be icing.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #144
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all the little computer nerds running around here are going to get pissed ... i get it.

The average user can get a 10 meg connection through road runner for 29.99(+extra bullshit) and that speed is all they are going to really need.

unless you have a specific speed need(ie work,nerd joy etc) or you have money to waste the average person isn't going spend $70 a month on internet if they can get it for $30. JMO
Absolutely. The average user doesn't need more than 8-10 mbps speed and, even if $20 more for that kind of speed is technically a fantastic deal, it will be hard for a lot of people to justify. I have a feeling that Google pushed the price on the internet-only plan up a bit in order to get people into the internet + TV plan. That plan would be much easier to justify judging by what people are paying TWC for their bundled services.
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Old 07-27-2012, 11:25 AM   #145
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The internet option looks awesome. I work from home and use a VPN connection, so the speed increase would be HUGE for me. I need upload speeds at a much higher rate because of our VPN client.

TV option is not very attractive right now. They need to include HBO, ESPN, Fox Sports, etc. in that package to make it something I'll look at. My Time Warner TV service is excellent. It's just their internet that is lacking (especially in my neighborhood).
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:05 PM   #146
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one could really stream some high quality sports action with that upspeed, hint hint
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:57 PM   #147
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all the little computer nerds running around here are going to get pissed ... i get it.

The average user can get a 10 meg connection through road runner for 29.99(+extra bullshit) and that speed is all they are going to really need.

unless you have a specific speed need(ie work,nerd joy etc) or you have money to waste the average person isn't going spend $70 a month on internet if they can get it for $30. JMO
Well... the thing about that though... That 10MB connection through Road Runner jumps in price to $59.99 after that first 12 month promotion period. And that price has went up every year for the last few years. I know because that's exactly the plan I have, and my bill is $63/month for standard internet only.

So after that first year of TW, you're only looking at an extra $10 difference between TW's 10MB connection and Google's 1000MB connection. And TW's price is sure to raise more in another year.

TW even words it so they can raise the price however much they want after that 12 month promotion. They won't even quote you what the "Standard rate" will be once your promotion is over. They simply say "After the promotional period ends, you will be charged the standard rate that is in effect at that time. We suggest you contact your local office at the end of your promotional period." What kind of shitty business is that?

Considering Google's prices, and the fact that TW has tons of little surcharges and equipment fees that they don't include in their quotes, Google's prices are more than competitive...
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:17 PM   #148
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I'll agree that $70 option isn't for every one. If I were in an area to get it I would either do free or the TV. 1080p uncompressed video(rumors) would be well worth it just for the TV, the gigabit internet would be icing.
I would be all over the free option at $300 for one year. I only get 6mb now so dropping to 5 wouldn't even be an issue for me.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:28 PM   #149
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I would be all over the free option at $300 for one year. I only get 6mb now so dropping to 5 wouldn't even be an issue for me.
It says on their website a $300 construction fee with free service guaranteed for at least 7 years.

So, is that $300 per year, or $300 total? I could see either being something you, and a lot of people, being interested in.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:45 PM   #150
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It says on their website a $300 construction fee with free service guaranteed for at least 7 years.

So, is that $300 per year, or $300 total? I could see either being something you, and a lot of people, being interested in.
$300 total. It is a steal and the average user should be jumping all over that. Especially since they are letting you pay it at $25 per month for 12 months.
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