GoogleToday.net is the least likely to deliberately seek out drawbacks to Google Fiber, let alone anything else Google-related. But it was recently noted that there are some things holding back the spread of Google Fiber and not just outside of the few cities that have signed up. Google brings copious amounts of throughput to the table with a synchronous Gigabit connection (1 Gbps each way). The trouble is not in Google, the users.
Comcast Cable, and Time Warner Cable have both stated, either directly or indirectly that users are neither ready for gigabit service nor have they requested it. It might even appear that they are correct. But if consumers never see any advertisements for a product, how are they going to know if they want it. Prior to Google’s move to offer gigabit services most of the country was not even aware of 100 Mbps services. Alas, this is still not the issue at hand.
Many of the users of the gigabit services in the Fiberhoods of Kansas City, likely have computers in their homes. If these computers are models as late as the last 5 years, they are mostly likely capable of gigabit. However, very few WiFi devices on the market is yet capable of 1000 Mbps data streams. In many cases the majority of users will max out the capacity of their home WiFi at speeds of anywhere from 11 Mbps (Wireless-B) to 300 Mbps (Wireless-N). Such devices that can handle the speeds that Google is casting would require Wireless-AC and to run at 5 GHz, rather than the more common 2.4 GHz.
Needless to say, Google is trying to get ahead of the market, to provide the new superhighway for the next age. This is an uncommon ideal that the current major players are not interested in. Google is paving the way and consumers will need to get the latest, greatest hardware to play in this field of fiber.