Consumer Reports takes a look Google Fiber, a broadband service that promises faster, cheaper connections and is expanding nationwide.
According to Internet research firm Akamai, broadband speed in the United States can seem pretty slow, averaging 9.8 Mbps, compared with the average broadband speed in South Korea (22.1 Megabits per second), Japan (13.3 Mbps), and other countries.
However, a few American cities seem to thrive, thanks to Google’s venture into the residential Internet service business. Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, Provo, Utah, and soon Austin, Texas, are the first recipients of Google Fiber, the Internet search giant’s gigabit fiber-to-the-home service offering TV and Internet packages, which promises much faster speeds than conventional broadband offers. (The Google Fiber about page touts “up to 1,000 Mb/sec download and upload.”)