said by battleop:
So 1Gb to the home today is like 1Gb of memory back when 640k was considered a lot of RAM.
Networking speeds tend to jump on 10x increments. 10mbs ethernet became 100mbs, which became 1gbps, and now 10gbps is the "high speed".
google's 1gbps to the home is just the next logical speed jump. Sure, the rest of the internet has not caught up yet, but it is a chicken and egg thing.
Perhaps Netflix will provide higher quality streaming because it can now provide a higher bitrate to those customers who can handle it? maybe the whole movie could be downloaded quickly to a local device and viewed from that device so that you can actually see the movie when you fast forward?
Perhaps there will be whole new applications that we don't know of yet?
I look at google's fiber project as an in the field
research project. In the back of my mind I wonder what service google will be providing in the future that takes advantage of that 1gbps of bandwidth....