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I know this is old news but this is a newer post on Ars.
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I'm upgrading to this tier for a month just for the bragging rights lol
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you need to quote some (not all) of the source article as well

that said i wish this was available here...
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I'm moving there ASAP! Forget Orlando HAHAHA!
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Man, only 350$ a month for 1,000mbps? That means it costs you 0.35$ per each megabit of transfer bandwidth. To compare, Comcast offers the following services at the following costs at my home address...

Economy, 1.5mbps, 26.95$
Performance, 12mpbs, 44.95$
Blast, 20mbps, 54.95$
Extreme, 50mbps, 99.95$

This translates to being 17.97$ per megabit with economy, 3.75$ per megabit for performance, 2.75$ per megabit for blast, and 2.00$ per megabit for Extreme.

DSL costs and offers as follows:

Direct Basic, .768mbp, 29.95$
Direct Express, 1.5mbps, 35$
Direct Pro, 3mbps, 40$
Direct Elite, 6mpbs, 45$

From there, we can see that basic costs 39$ per megabit, express costs 23.34$ per megabit, pro is 13.34$ per megabit, and elite is 7.5$ per megabit. U-verse is not offered at my location.

Simply put, it's cheaper to buy bandwidth in bulk, obviously. The best usages I could think of would be, for example, an apartment owner. If the apartment owner owned nine units, and lived in the tenth, they could specify that internet access is covered in the rent, add 35$ to the rent, and then pay 35$ to have the 350$ needed to cover the cost. They'd have to have their apartment wired up for cat5 access from a source room, but they would easily make money off of the deal. And, besides that, they'd have a gigabit line on tap, then. Ten families are highly unlikely to be able to fully tap a gigabit connection. And, honestly, they could limit the connections in all of the other housing units to 20/20, advertise that you get free internet access at twenty megabits up and down, and save every person involved money (remember that 20mbps, through comcast, is 54.95$ If it cost the resident 35$ extra on their rent, that would mean they'd save 19.95$ a month, or 239.4 a year.)

It makes even more sense for larger apartment complexes. For example, in a one hundred unit apartment complex, the cost, per resident, if they were paying it Dutch, would be 3.50$ a month. That would give each resident, assuming bandwidth was divided at the central networking location, ten megabits up and ten megabits down. Comcast offers a twelve megabit connection for 44.95$. That means the savings in cost would be 41.45$. Factoring in the difference in speed, assuming the connection is limited internally, it would be a difference of 34.54$. The saving, there, is insane. And that is assuming you're limited to a level of bandwidth that means everyone can use their full connection, both up and down, at once, without overlap. If everyone was allowed 50mbps, you'd likely have 95 families not even tapping a tenth of that, while power users would be getting insane speed, and not clogging up the network with long file transfers.

Of course, in these cases, the owner would need to deal with some IT issues, such as subnetting each house, traffic filtering/caps, and most likely they'd want to offer wireless internet access (either in each resident's home, on their own internal subnet, or an entirely different subnet which wouldn't allow for internal network sharing, of course, but would be easier to deal with and not require a wireless access point for each unit [although, honestly, wireless access points are cheap enough that it wouldn't be all that hard to do exactly that. But wireless ALL over the building that everyone can use would be nice indeed.]). Anyways, hopefully Google can start getting the ball rolling further!
Edited by Guswut - 4/27/11 at 2:21pm
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Man, only 350$ a month for 1,000mbps? That means it costs you 0.35$ per each megabit of transfer bandwidth. To compare, Comcast offers the following services at the following costs at my home address...

Economy, 1.5mbps, 26.95$
Performance, 12mpbs, 44.95$
Blast, 20mbps, 54.95$
Extreme, 50mbps, 99.95$

This translates to being 17.97$ per megabit with economy, 3.75$ per megabit for performance, 2.75$ per megabit for blast, and 2.00$ per megabit for Extreme.

DSL costs and offers as follows:

Direct Basic, .768mbp, 29.95$
Direct Express, 1.5mbps, 35$
Direct Pro, 3mbps, 40$
Direct Elite, 6mpbs, 45$

From there, we can see that basic costs 39$ per megabit, express costs 23.34$ per megabit, pro is 13.34$ per megabit, and elite is 7.5$ per megabit. U-verse is not offered at my location.

Simply put, it's cheaper to buy bandwidth in bulk, obviously. The best usages I could think of would be, for example, an apartment owner. If the apartment owner owned nine units, and lived in the tenth, they could specify that internet access is covered in the rent, add 35$ to the rent, and then pay 35$ to have the 350$ needed to cover the cost. They'd have to have their apartment wired up for cat5 access from a source room, but they would easily make money off of the deal. And, besides that, they'd have a gigabit line on tap, then. Ten families are highly unlikely to be able to fully tap a gigabit connection. And, honestly, they could limit the connections in all of the other housing units to 20/20, advertise that you get free internet access at twenty megabits up and down, and save every person involved money (remember that 20mbps, through comcast, is 54.95$ If it cost the resident 35$ extra on their rent, that would mean they'd save 19.95$ a month, or 239.4 a year.)

It makes even more sense for larger apartment complexes. For example, in a one hundred unit apartment complex, the cost, per resident, if they were paying it Dutch, would be 3.50$ a month. That would give each resident, assuming bandwidth was divided at the central networking location, ten megabits up and ten megabits down. Comcast offers a twelve megabit connection for 44.95$. That means the savings in cost would be 41.45$. Factoring in the difference in speed, assuming the connection is limited internally, it would be a difference of 34.54$. The saving, there, is insane. And that is assuming you're limited to a level of bandwidth that means everyone can use their full connection, both up and down, at once, without overlap. If everyone was allowed 50mbps, you'd likely have 95 families not even tapping a tenth of that, while power users would be getting insane speed, and not clogging up the network with long file transfers.

Of course, in these cases, the owner would need to deal with some IT issues, such as subnetting each house, traffic filtering/caps, and most likely they'd want to offer wireless internet access (either in each resident's home, on their own internal subnet, or an entirely different subnet which wouldn't allow for internal network sharing, of course, but would be easier to deal with and not require a wireless access point for each unit [although, honestly, wireless access points are cheap enough that it wouldn't be all that hard to do exactly that. But wireless ALL over the building that everyone can use would be nice indeed.]). Anyways, hopefully Google can start getting the ball rolling further!
Very well written. At first when i saw the $350 price tag i reered in horror. But from your logic and math it turns out to be a pretty killer deal! If only they start to offer it in Canada now...

EDIT: To download an entire movie in less than a minute would be pretty sweet
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I've been slobbering over these articles ever since EPB stated that it was offering Gbps to the home.

Now only to find a job in Chattanooga...
 
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Regardless of the price per month for the gigabit connection, reading this article made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. To think that somewhere in America (Kansas no less) we are actually looking toward the future rather than the here and now just to make a quick buck delights me. Just make sure AT&T stays the **** out of Chattanooga, Kansas.
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I tell you the telecoms in the US would scream bloody murder if more cities used publicly owned organizations to upgrade thier communities with Gbps connections. It would finally put them in their place and have to make them compete.

Maybe Google will save our internet from AT&T and Comcast.
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Its unfortunate that the pricing is so high, the article stated that the upgrades weren't actually that expensive for the company and I doubt the upkeep costs are much more expensive than normal. If this service could drop to $100/mo with no caps it would catch on like wildfire, especially if the upload speed was the same. 1080p real time streaming anyone?
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