Sunday, April 28, 2013
Google Fiber divides users into the haves and have nots
Average U.S. Internet speeds rank 12th or 13th in the world, which is pathetic for the country that invented the Internet and contains Silicon Valley, Hollywood and data-hungry Wall Street and a $15 trillion annual GDP. Google Fiber is already "inspiring" ISPs to boost speeds and investment. Google may be triggering an arms race for high-speed Internet connectivity, because it's re-setting expectations about how fast the Internet should be. Or, at least that's what the news reports would have you believe. But if you look at the press release, it was really a passive-aggressive bit of whining about Google getting special treatment from Austin authorities.