said by chgo_man99:
 travel vs broadband
very illogical, even a 5th grader knows that.
 cost subsidy
No they simply make money from all people that go to their search engine or their other websites to subsidize their cost. Whether all people who sign up for google fiber, access their websites doesn't matter.
 need for high speed
Telcos are not limiting consumers from any other potential beyond 100mb or 1GB. Enterprise users who are willing to pay business rates can get any fiber Ethernet connection 100mb and above. There is just simply no high demand yet for 1GB connection at low residential prices for under $50. DSLReports users are minority of broadband customers.
Btw, do people in South Korea or Hong Kong who have fast 1GB connections, stream 30GB blue ray movies at full rate? If they have infrastructure in place already, why there are no applications to fully utilize it? And lets not forget, they did not have to replace old copper wired infrastructure and other factors that influence cost of doing business. No business itself for profit will be willing to operate at higher loss if it does not have to. Its simply not logical. Period.
To make the point here, you represent the general public (?) agree with, there is no need for cheaper & higher speed internet.
If it's 300 Mb or better speed and under $35 to make it affordable, available, most of users will sign up now. Whether we need the speed or not, the cost is the key.
Instead, this telco told public: you don't need it. It's like telling people don't explore outside the box for higher speed. Higher speed applications won't be necessary. It's egg or chicken first. (I.e. Don't explore outside where we are now, no need to travel even space, no other countries.) Bad example, but straight forward.
Cost subsidy case, it's up to users to use Google sites or not, not the ISP effect. You are saying Google fiber can only use Google sites. I can sign up but access other than Google sites, right? how does this subsidy case make sense?
Subsidy from Google? How about other ISPs in the world who sell lower than Google fiber with 100 mb 1Gb, they got cost subsidies from Google fiber too??
Sonic net planed to sell 1Gb for less, they got subsidy from Google. Is that what you mean?
Again, what I want to say is cost issue. Verizon Fiber is too expensive, not because we don't want to sign up. Even Verizon Fiber 15Mb/5Mb is selling @ $69.99/month for first 2 yrs. Verizon doesn't offer 1Gb yet, Verizon's 15/5 is selling at Goggle Fiber's 1G price.
My HOA fiber for our 600 homes community is 20/10 @ $30 a month. Most of us voted to sign up for that. Why? Price and speed point.