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June 23, 2014

Tired of Buffering YouTube Videos? Google Fiber is Your Solution



By Ben Linton
Contributing Writer



We are all aware of the opportunities Google (News - Alert) provides as a search engine. But now the company is offering high-speed Internet and TV via Google Fiber. At up to 1,000 Mbps, Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today's basic broadband, allowing you to complete a variety of different tasks instantaneously. Users can video chat, upload pictures, videos and play online games whenever they are ready due to the service's super fast connectivity.

One of the major perks Google Fiber offers is the ability to watch high quality videos on sites like YouTube (News - Alert) without buffering. This is great news for anyone who has experienced frustration with playing YouTube videos before. A number of people traveled to Kansas, where free Google Fiber is offered, to try the service and found that they could run multiple 4K YouTube videos at once without buffering. They could also download gigabyte files in only seconds, meaning that consumers of Google Fiber can download full-length high-definition movie files in just under seconds.

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The service will also provide many educational benefits in our country. A faster internet will allow students to take online classes, tune into virtual 3D lectures and download study applications in  seconds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, students that have broadband at home are more likely to graduate than those without broadband. Studies also show that students with broadband at home watch less television, study more and improve their grades. The United States education system is ranked 17th overall worldwide, and the benefits provided by Google Fiber could help our country improve in the rankings.

Google Fiber will have a distinct advantage over competing companies such as Time Warner and Comcast (News - Alert) for a number of reasons. While traditional internet services providers offer a combined TV and internet package for $80 to $90 a month, Google will offer its service for only $69 a month, according to Guardianlv.com. Time Warner (News - Alert) charges almost the same price for an Internet service with speeds of only 15 Mbps, making Google’s services seem very affordable. Google also has a number of incentives in Kansas and Missouri, where authorities  offered Google Free Fiber, discounted services, government employees and buildings.

Similar fiber optic networks are already widely used in Europe, South Korea and Japan. These countries have used their networks to improve communication and education in their countries. Google fiber seems well on its way to helping these sectors improve within the United States, as well as establishing the standard for high-speed TV and Internet services.
 




Edited by Maurice Nagle
 
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