STANFORD (CBS 5) — Google has changed the way people search on the internet, now it’s changing the way some people surf the web.

Hundreds of lucky Bay Area residents are now accessing what is being touted as the fastest internet speeds in the world.

CBS 5’s Kiet Do tested the Google Fiber internet service, which is being offered for free in a neighborhood just south of the Stanford University campus. A 95-megabyte high-definition movie trailer downloaded in about nine seconds. showed up in a blink.

Download speeds on the network were up to 300 Mbps, with an upload speed of 150 Mbps. Compare those speeds to Comcast, where Do reports download speeds of 13Mbps, or about 1/20th the speed of Google Fiber.

Kansas City is the only other place to receive Google Fiber. It’s part of a grand experiment involving as many as half a million homes to improve ways to build the network, see what apps people might invent and how it would change people’s lives.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Comments (119)
  1. stanford says:

    Some at Stanford have lost internet altogether.

  2. ez says:

    Wonder what kind of spyware they require upon install…

      1. davec says:

        makes it next to impossible to detect hacking into your computer.

        Estimate (guess) how long itll take to download a virus at 113 MB

    1. Ghostsouls says:

      No need for spyware, the only requirement will be a vote for obama.

  3. Wes says:

    Most of the “Western” world should be on fibre optics by now, anyway. The telecom industry has had the infrastructure for awhile now. Good for Google!!! Its about time!!!

  4. Denis in Vermont says:

    Burlington VT has this Fiber. Google skipped us for their TEST? They bought existing fiber lines for their TEST. STOP USING Google they will control EVERY aspect of your life. That might not work for you down the line……

    1. Tina says:

      I totally agree, Google is your master now.

    2. getreal says:

      The purpose of this test is to just prove that this can be easily done and wireless providers should do it. I applaud this test.

  5. steve says:

    Chattanooga TN has fiber optic service with 1 gigabit symmetrical (same upload and download speed) now available. The base service starts at 30 meg symmetrical. So, meh, nothing new, we’ve had fiber optic for over a year already.

    1. Lee Hite says:

      That is what I was going to say, looks like someone needs to do their research bf they say Google has the fastest internet. Chattanooga blew them out of the water. Most of my family lives in Chattanooga.

      1. Barry bin Inhalin says:

        It makes perfect sense, really. It’s how Ohzer0 got elected. CBS doesn’t do any investigating; they just regurgitate what they are told by the Liberal/Elite Club. And Google is on the Board of Directors of thier little cabal.

      2. PeteV says:

        The article’s point is not about fiber optic being new…everyone knows that’s been around for a while now. The point of the article is the Speed of google’s fiber- 300MB down/150MB up. Chattanooga’s 30MB symmetrical feed is only a fraction of that…
        The issue here is not lack of research, but rather lack of reading comprehension?

      3. SteveW says:

        Pete just so you know the speed you just stated is inaccurate, this is a common mistake people make when talking ISP speed. The correct terminology is Mbps not MB The difference is one is Mega Bytes (MB) the other is Mega bits per second(Mbps). Here is a conversion calc that I use when determning speeds. Just a friendly FYI!

      4. inetmon says:

        Steve, you are giving most people way too much credit… I’ll translate…

        1 MB is 8 times larger than 1 Mb… Inet speeds are mostly measured in Mb… I quite igly doubt giggle is pushing in Mega-Bytes, rather in Mega-Bits.

        Secondly, thank you Steve, for the great link!

      5. inetmon says:

        Assuming it really is that speed in the real world. Many people can be told to advertise anything ;)… I wonder how the tests prove out.

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    2. Bobbo says:


      Please go back and re-read what Steve wrote. He said Chattanooga’s fiber service *started* with 30Mbps speeds, but went up to 1Gbps which is over 3 times faster than the speeds listed in the article.

      Reading comprehension indeed. “Physician. Heal thyself.”

  6. Tina Raddigan Welch says:

    It’s called fiber optics and it has been available for years it was just too expensive but they can call it Google fiber make it affordable and bring it to my house.

  7. g says:

    Belson: The high population density across major South Korean cities makes it easy to reach large numbers of users with extremely high-speed connectivity. (For instance, almost half of South Korea’s population lives in the Seoul National Capital Area, and nearly a quarter in Seoul itself.) Additionally, the South Korean government invests in extremely high-speed connectivity, such as the Korea Information Infrastructure (KII) Plan aimed at connecting of 84% of South Korean households to broadband services with speeds of up to 1 Mbps by 2005, and the 2010 announcement of a plan to boost residential connections to 1 Gbps by 2012.

    1. Nate says:

      Indeed, I was stationed in Camp Castle and lived outside post in Bosan Dong from 2006-2008. 35,000 won a month for cable and internet that smokes the fastest fiber here. We get our technology from them, their cell phones are years ahead of us as well.

  8. James Woods says:

    Where is everyone screaming anti-trust now? Internet providers either pay to peer with google or peer with google for free. Both parties benefitted as it was but not with this new system.

    Why peer with google if they are going to provide internet service? You’ll be competing with them and at the same time needing them for search and youtube.

    This screams anti-trust. I also like how they got off the hook with wi-fi sniffing. The media reports it was accidental. Really accidental huh?

    That’s like you riding around with a gun and “accidentally” shooting people.

    1. Peyoteboy says:

      Because they are friends with our current administration, so the DOJ wont touch them.

      The corruption knows no bounda

      1. PhuckG00gl3 says:

        The topology of their network is

        Your Home Google NetNSACIAFBIInternet

  9. Robert says:

    Single mode fiber optics cable can carry any speed put on it. The problem has been in the multiplexer that can deliver the speed. A fiber cable is like a highway. It may be capable of sending and receiving (upload and download) at the speed of lighting but traffic on the road can slow it down to the slow pace of rush hour.

    1. bongo says:

      ‘speed of lighting’ It’s Lightning!!!!!

      When will people learn?

      1. peter says:

        ‘speed of lighting’ It’s Lightning!!!!!
        When will people learn?

        Learn what? Your comment has four grammatical errors!

      2. Robert says:

        No bongo it’s “photoniic energy” not “static electric charges”. While “speed of lighting” is just a phrase, photons do travel at the speed of light BECAUSE THEY ARE LIGHT!

    2. DeadGuy says:

      While you may have a point, my only question is… Did you understand what he meant?


  10. AlGoreInventedTheInternet says:

    Snooze. Fiber obtic internet to the home at anywhere near theoretical speed was a cutting edge idea in 1982. Google is doing it now to select communities and it’s still not that fast. They just want to see how many people are willing to pay for the buildout. I’m sure the woman in the video isn’t going to increase her “innovation” much. She might sign up for Netflix.

  11. Kitty Glitter says:

    Is this that thing that google advertised a couple years ago where you flush the thing down your toilet and the connect it to your computer?

  12. Lester Hansen says:

    Verizon FIOS fiber optic internet sounds similar, located in many other parts of the country.

    1. Mike says:

      FIOS! It’s too expensive and their customer service stinks…

      1. Dan says:

        What ? 99 dollar triple play with a dvr you can watch in every room. Fios is great. i get 35 down and 35 up .

      2. Rob Carlisle says:

        I have FiOS as well. I also used to work at Corning as part of their Fiber-to-the-Home marketing group. I love it! I can stream Netflix video via my blu-ray player with very good definition. Blu-ray requires about 25 MBPS of bandwidth…my FiOS service provides 25 MBPS download speed and i can increase this is I pay a little more. Based on the ITU fiber PON (Passive Optical Network) standard.

      3. Michele Lloyd says:

        I disagree. FiOs service has been great, and customer service excellent. The price is competitive with DSL, and cable, and is more reliable.

      4. Jeff in Dallas says:

        I’ve had FiOS Internet and TV in Dallas for several years now and its BLAZING fast and CHEAPER than Time Warner or Comcast by about $15 per month. My speedtests come out about 30Mbps down and 24 up.

  13. Pocho Basura says:

    I do not use ‘google’ for anything.
    Seach I use , they do not record my IP address

    1. Ed Coyne says:

      How can you be sure?

    2. Catherine says:

      I use bing myself, sometimes Yahoo even.

      1. Brian says:

        You guys crack me up. Every search engine tracks their users. So do most companies. They do it so they can advertise products you are interested in.

        Once you get over the creepiness of it, it’s not bad. And with print and TV commercials going to hell in a hand basket, it’s the only real way companies can market to customers.

    3. Chris says:

      Here’s what you do: use 1 search engine for your normal every day searches, then use a different search engine for your questionable/porn/weird searches. So 1 search engine will have a history of normal searches and think you’re a decent normal person, then the other search engine will think you’re a complete freak but won’t have any identifying queries to match with it.

      This way if ever their database was hacked into and your search queries were leaked (which did happen to AOL users a few years back), someone couldn’t tie all your queries together and create a full picture of who you are.

  14. Geezer says:

    Our company has been providing this to commercial customers for over two years!
    It’s just too expensive for most residential customers, but if we had the cash Google has we would be doing the same thing for residential customers.

    So, yeah..big snooze.No big deal.

    1. Robert Deakson says:

      It’s simple just to replace multimode cable with mono-mode fiber optic cable and get max speed with no dispersion in the transmission,. but the big problem is in how fast enormously crowded traffice can be placed onto the one fiber to obtain the maximum speed. Better efforst might be expended in increasing multiplexing speeds in order to handle high traffic. The cable speed itself is already there and as been there for a long time.

  15. Hairy Herry says:

    Yes, but it may not taste so good.

  16. Snake Oil says:

    Whether it’s a dribble of urine or a fire hose of urine, it’s still urine.
    99% of the internet is a human waste product.

    1. Teddy Humphries says:

      Yet, here you are. Amongst the pornographers and the purveyors of filth.

  17. Mike says:

    I think Google wants to take over Comcast’s cable division. Comcast has the TV content with NBC so they might be willing to part with the cable part of the business. I can’t understand why Comcast’s stock is so low and Google’s is off the map. I’m just a day trader who reads the news and tries to find the most logical stock investments. @ 21.00 dollars a share Comcast is a bargin if the shares could rise.

    1. clickron says:

      Obama just had dinner with the President of Comcast-NBC when he vacationed at Martha’s Vineyard, sounds like a deal could be in the works.

    2. clickron says:

      Mike, i just remembered something else, don’t invest anything based on what I said. I completely forgot about Operation Blackbird, Wikipedia that first before moving your money.

    3. clickron says:

      change blackbird to Mockingbird

  18. Jason D says:

    Not really needed to have this kind of speed to the home. The backbone providers do not have the capacity for every home to have 100 meg + speed.

  19. david says:

    And yet all Centurylink can provide me with is dial up. I only live in the 6th largest metro area in the US. Centurylink, keeping you in the 19th century.

    1. Ed Coyne says:

      “in the 6th largest metro area” and you’re on dial-up?

      Sounds like you may be a cheapskate. Just sayin’.

  20. Jack says:

    This is what happens when you let the free market operate. Imagine what the internet would like like if it were government run. We’d still be on dialup everywhere.

  21. william says:

    It won’t keep your colon healthy, the IRS with the FEDERAL GOVT. does that just fine

  22. Michael says:

    Must be nice. I live in a small town with a company called Mediacom as the sole “high speed” internet provider. I use the term “high speed” as a joke. At night, our d/l speed drops to .4 or .5 Mbps. Notice the decimal point in there. Sad really, I had better speeds 15 years ago.

    1. ablubud says:

      Why do you need any faster speed than that?

  23. PacRim Jim says:

    The good thing about this is that it will allow Google to collect information about us even faster.

    1. JandJ says:

      You’re being facetious I hope? Google is definitely becoming a Big Brother corporation intruding on our privacy and freedom.

  24. JandJ says:

    Over 10 years ago, I was in a basement coffee shop. They had fiber optic. I told them that there Interent wasn’t working because everything appeared in a flash, thinking it was cached or something. They told me they were connected via fiber optics to a main line. It was amazing at the time people were still using dial up.

    1. JandJ says:

      I forgot to mention it was in Albuquerque NM

  25. Redz says:

    Great! Now Google can invade our privacy at an even faster speed.

  26. JoeDrager says:

    You’re obviously wrong; this service cannot start in Chattanooga; it must originate at Stanford.

  27. J-p Pritchard says:

    You can get One Gigabit service in some neighborhoods of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    1. Durian says:

      Sort of. Its GB to a particular location but each user shares the pipe. The speed is local anyway as you still have the same limitations as others do when accessing servers abroad.

      Not that it cant be good or that folks are not happy but GB to each user? Nope.

  28. Peter Metcalfe says:

    Chattanooga has a gig available to every home and direct connects to all major trunk lines. It is one of the worlds top connectivity centers and a reason data heavy companies are relocating to chattanooga. And did I mention…no state income tax! Y’all are welcome to relocate.

    1. getreal says:

      then we would have to live in chattanooga though.

    2. Hussein says:

      We’ll be by in about an hour or so…thanks!

    3. Rich says:

      No income tax but your sales tax is terrible!

  29. john larson says:

    you better check out your Comcast data – they have been delivering up to 100mb to the back of your computer for some time now

  30. JJ1970JJ says:

    That was nice of the Communist Broadcast Network to do a commercial for their master, Google, and try to make it sound like this was some type of new service when it isn’t. Usually they are just regurgitating press releases for Obama. CBS does not do journalism anymore.

  31. Denise says:

    I stay away from all-thing-Google as much as I can just for the principle.

  32. not impressed says:

    This report is awful, there is no journalism here this reporter guy is a stenographer. He just spouts what Goggle PR wants him to say. And just who is this polished on message woman, a Google actor? The media is made up of amazing lap dogs, freaking idiots. Do some checking first, ok

  33. Ismael says:

    So much disinformation, so little time. This article is atrocious. Google is doing some good work paying for a few communities to get fiber to the home. But it’s a drop in the ocean. By the way it’s Dow Corning fiber, not Google’s. There are a number of communities in the nation with fiber to at least nodes, if not to every home. Gig upload and download are usually available depending on the configuration of the optical terminator. But, as has been mentioned, it’s expensive and that is the principal barrier to wide spread adoption.

  34. gr8dismal says:

    Fiber: so fast, it will be named “The Roughage Network”- it’ll move like a goose sh***in’ through a tin horn.

  35. John Sheridan says:

    Wow, this means NSA will get to monitor your data 20 times faster.

  36. dennis says:

    First they have “Street View” now they have “Home View” where you can look inside someone’s home live.

  37. already has fiber says:

    Thats no big deal. In Grant County WA. We’ve had 1 Gbps fiber internet service to our homes for about 10 years now. Oh ya, I pay $44.95 per month with
    They are ranked the fastest in Washington state according to
    So ummm, Yawn..
    No big deal.

    1. inetmon says:

      You must be kidding… many of you actually. I just reviewed IFIBER.TV, and their best is “ultra high speed” at 6mb down and 768k up. Do you know how slow that is? Try running any servers on it and you’ll discover this. I was running DSL in 1994 and up to dsl and cable with your speeds by 1997. My Verizon Triple Play gets me 25/25 and is 70%-115%(down)/40%-105(up) evey time I test it. And that is far from their top speeds. Yes, they are Verizon, and I miss the customer service of BrightHouse cable, but the people you talk to are always great, even if a bit overwelmed or new, and putting up with phone-tree hell. But the Fiber to my house is soooooo worth it, and it’s very reliable.

      1. Already has fiber says:

        You may want to back off the cafeine there buddy.
        I’m not sure where you got your info but it’s bs!
        The PUD has built an incredible fiber to the home infrastructure here in central Washington. 1Gbps two way fiber to the home. I just ran a speed test to Seattle, LA, and Atlanta and all got over 70mbps down and 40Mbps up. My provider is ifiber in Ephrata WA. But I’m glad you have your 25/25. It’s better than most. You sound Luke a salesman for Vorizon FiOS. You probably should do your homework a little better in the future and you missed the point of what everyone else is saying. Big whoop! Google has built a fiber to the home system. Already been done. Again… Yawn…

    2. inetmon says:

      Hehe… go to IFIBER.TV and select the first county and it has slightly less dramatic speeds. See, I did my homework… no b’s behind either hand… now pick any card from this deck (hmmm… I could handle a little less caffeine at times 😉 Clarifying me to the right county does say “Ultra high speed”.

      Yet I still think it’s misleading to point out that you have a Gig capable connection to your place (clearly it’s capable) but your real world speed outside the NOC is realistic. Yeah, I point to Boston and it hit 150% sometimes too. But the contract says 25/25, so I state that.

      But I do agree, with your display of boredom with giggle and their over-bloated display of Yada Yada. But what point did I miss that you and others were talking about? It sounds like your speed (and their speed too I’m sure) is throttled somewhere and even 25/25, 40/70, whatever is rarely pushing optimal speeds. Heck, in most cases, because what most businesses get charged, or set their bandwidth per connection, it’s usually the end destination that is the pinch.

      But I have to say that after all of the promises of so many talking heads telling us that online office software, movies and games/face to face was going to happen, is finally coming true… man, I LOVE living in the future 😉

      1. inetmon says:

        Well, please pardon all the BUTs (I’m sure there is a lame joke in that one somewhere).

        I looked at your ISP again… they cover three counties in central Washington. Are you sure that they don’t sublease from someone else? They really put it all in the ground themselves? Hmmm. When reading their site, the first county says (and I quote) “Ultra High-speed Internet – 6Mbps down 768 up”, then the next two counties say (again I quote) “Ultra High-speed Internet”. Wow seems like the hate Chelan county. And perhaps they went cheap on their site… or details.

      2. Already has fiber says:

        Just a quick response.
        First I live in Grant County and the fiber is not only “capable” of Gbps, It is 1Gbps to the home, not some office. Now you are going to have to have a network card on your CPU that’s 10/100/1000 Mbps in order to take advantage of it.
        Now I don’t, but my friend does and he gets over 200Mbps when he tests to Seattle.
        Chelan County PUD built a different fiber system, something more like what cable companies do with a hybrid fiber coax system so it’s not as fast as what we have here in Grant. So don’t be hater. We love our fiber!

    3. you are stupid says:

      ifiber uses throttling and packet sniffers for peer to peer content. they suck the ass you seem to be kissing with you boot licking.

      1. Still has fiber says:

        Generally the one that resorts to name calling is usually considered the loser in any discussion or debate.
        So, “you are stupid”, what’s up with you?
        Ya I know… I couldn’t help myself…
        For the record, ifiber does not throttle any bandwidth.
        But if that makes you happy name calling and misrepresenting the facts please don’t let me stop you.

  38. CalBear says:

    This is what we should have spent our stimuls money on, rather than subsizing bureaucrats. Just think how our world would change if we all communicate at 1GPS.

    1. inetmon says:

      Oh RIGHT ON Brother!!!

  39. Adonis D says:

    Why is this happening now? Why are there only a few places that have access to fiber? Have we forgotten about the tax breaks to the telephone companies in the 90’s to install fiber? How they took tax payer money to perform a task that never happened? We are one of the most technologically advanced nations yet we are 10 years behind Japan and they are practically bankrupt. We should have had fiber all over this country years ago. They have fiber in North Kansas City, Mo and the slowest speed is faster than cable and way faster than dsl yet it’s only about 15 dollars a month. I live In Kansas City, Mo in between North Kansas City and Gladstone. I can’t get UVerse from ATT or Fiber from Link City even though I am in the same Zip. Bravo Google for doing something that should have been done years ago. Just bring it my way please!

  40. al swearengen says:

    and this service is going to be available wirelessly, correct? because google wouldn’t be dumb enough to offer such a service only as a wired option when the whole market is moving to wireless. it’s answering a question that’s not being asked. We have faster broadband available but few residences buy it because 3-10 mbps seems adequate for most home users. one wireless broadband pipe to use as you choose seems to be the ticket.

  41. BooDaddy says:

    Chattanooga TN. offers Gigabit internet connectivity to many homes. I think the article creator didn’t do very good research. 🙁

  42. Michele Lloyd says:

    Now that Google is offering a telecommunications infrastructure service (fiber optic) they are now subject to the same FCC rules about proving unrestricted access (no throttling) that other teleco eg Verizon, are subjectted to, and must comply with net nuetrality rules. Welcome to big leagues, Google. You are about to learn a lesson in humility.

  43. Dave B says:

    If the teleco’s had made good on their promises, and actually used the “tariffs” the US Government approved for them to charge us in the 1980s, the consumer, for the reason they told the Government they needed those tariffs, we’d all have FTTH — 5 years ago in 2006. Oh wait, they’re still collecting those same tariffs…. Go Google, and anyone else who’s brave enough to bring what we’ve already paid for…

  44. stan_in_usa says:

    Not impressed whatsoever. When transfers start at one TERABYTE per second, that’s impressive

  45. PSavko says:

    Google & infrastructure? What a joke. Sounds good, BUT, someone has to run the “fiber” and connect it… called fiber technicians. One broken fiber splice costs over $700. Time Warner & COmcast would have done it years ago IF IT WERE PROFITABLE. I guess Google’e going to “give” it away… lol

  46. sailordude says:

    If it’s being done by Google then all that speed won’t be worth much because they will block everything or it will be full of commercials.

  47. MJ says:

    I have fiber to the house for 4 years and I live the Northwest Georgia in a small town. Chattanooga TN got fiber this past year.

  48. David Clark says:

    They will need this level of speed to make Cloud computing successful. Even at 13mb accessing information in the cloud will take painfully long waits, seconds yes, but in an instant world we have will local computer it will seem like forever.

  49. PN says:

    Joke. Verizon already has this market. they just need to uncap the limit on FIOS. They wont give it away for free. That’s valuable real estate.

  50. Daniel L says:

    In Sweden most major cities have had fiber available for atleast 7-10 years. The default fiber transfer speed is 100 up/100 dwn but they recently introduced a 200/200 package. At our university the internal transferrate is 1000/1000…

    So not very impressed, but the US has always lagged in internet/telecom infrastructure.

  51. Omar Shishani says:

    Big deal. here in France we are offered 150 mb speed with free mobile inbternet not like the US IP’s which rip their customers off when they use internet in their mobiles.

  52. rostum says:

    Your talk of speed makes wonder what planet I am in. I use Verizon wireless but Pandora wont even play on my computer because it can’t meet its 64kbps requirements. I pay $60.00/month for this snail mail service!!!!

  53. OldOllie says:

    This is all fine and good, but where are you going to find servers that can deliver content at these speeds? I have an 8 Mbit cable connection, and the only time I max it out is when I have 4 simultaneous download going. I’ll only run into a server that can deliver content at 8 Mbits (1Mb) a few times a year. What’s the point of having an Autobahn connect to your driveway if a few miles from your house it turns into a dirt road?

  54. CF says:

    300 mbps? I think I just creamed myself.

  55. Judge Knot says:

    do know evil: Giggle.Who sells 10gbps bridges west of Brooklyn?

  56. clickron says:

    I’m holding out for “Google Eyeball” or “Google Rumba” that follows you around the house and vacuums too.

  57. clickron says:

    Why does Yahoo! just stand there, letting Google punch it’s face in, and refuses to throw a punch back? All Yahoo! has to do is say “WE PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY”. Google instantly looses half its customers. But I guess they all work for NSA now.

  58. Elza Ray says:

    Fastest in the world? Wanna bet? I have friends in Romania who can be video chatting with up to 15 different people at the same time (from all parts of the world) and still maintain 90MB download and 40MB upload speed.

    Just because it’s (fiber optic or Google Fiber) in the USA, doesn’t mean we’re faster. We may have invented the Internet but we fall far behind most of Europe in internet speeds on an hourly basis.

  59. ObservantOne says:

    The real issue, folks, is not the throughput of the pipe! I’ve ran live, two-way, interactive videoconferencing between 5 classrooms over a T1 (1.5MB) with no issues. The problem is the end device. If you have a system (don’t care if if it’s Windozzzz or Linux) that wants “think” about the signal before it presents it to you, it will appear slooooowww. Internet Explorer seems to want to think and decide if you really want to look at a site before it connects.

    The slowest operation I encounter is downloading patches. It takes forever to connect to the far end server. Once that happens, bam, 10 – 20 MB in no time. So I must reiterate, the bottleneck is the end device(s) that have to scan, de-virus, decrypt, find the right presentation protocol, locate the instructions in the registry, find the application to display it, spin the stupid hard drive a bazillion times to find buffer space, blah blah blah, …. you get my point.