·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
All doom and gloom...
A few counterpoints:
1. We shouldn't be riding on Google to push Fiber out to every city. They don't have the monopoly on gigabit to the home. EPB does it. Sonic does it. UTOPIA based providers do it. Anyone who can get a (relatively inexpensive) 10G pipe and doesn't mind toying with a non-monopoly pricing model on GPON (or ideally XGPON) can do it. No need to wait for Google Fiber to make its way to an area.
2. Google is a publicly held, for-profit, enterprise. As long as cities don't give Google too much preferential treatment (or give other ISPs similar treatment when they ask for it), competing ISPs don't have a leg to stand on to complain, despite the fact that Google Fiber is more competitive than most muni fiber deployments. And they have lawyers who would start a battle royale if AT&T, Comcast, TWC, Verizon et al sought to wall them of from an area.
3. If you're whining about how long it's taking for Google to install Fiber in KC (or, soon, Austin), remember that we're talking about brand new infrastructure here, in existing areas (not greenfield deployments that some fiber providers have been fortunate enough to enjoy). And Google is new to this game; deployments will speed up as they/their contractors have more time to hone their methods.
4. Where do you get "some scattered parts of Austin" from? That's making a big assumption: the assumption that much of Austin won't want GFiber enough to sign up for it in the quantity needed to guarantee installation in their area. In KC, Google adjusted these numbers slightly downward to push customer friendliness even more, so I seriously doubt that there will be large patches of Austin without GFiber, as long as we're talking about areas that are in Google's initial deployment area anyway. The only big question is how far from the city center Google will go with this first wave.
I think they key thing is preventing legislation from disallowing private operators to do these kind of builds themselves. A lot of people don't realize that while Google might have success in one market, a different city/state will be a completely different ballgame. Between existing infrastructure (privately-owned fiber, I'd imagine Google has contracted with private operators for dark fiber access rather then bury their own along side, with exception to the last mile), existing municipal constraints, etc. There's a lot of work towards putting fiber in the ground or getting right of ways for aerial.
There are some great options out there for residential symmetrical fiber access, problem is its isolated, but not as isolated as Google fiber. You just don't hear much about these other companies because they are not "Google".
I'd imagine most people would be happy even with 50mbps/50mbps at a reasonable price (sub $60/mo). Very few people will get use of 1gbps, not that we should make excuses, but for most companies 1gbps will need to be priced above $100/mo (just due to middle-mile constraints more than anything) and very few are willing to pay more than $100/mo for internet access.
There's a sweet spot of high speed and reasonable costs. Getting fiber in the ground certainly paves the way for future expansion, and that's what matters most.