October 22, 2014

Google Fiber To Get 10X Faster: What That Means to Small Businesses

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Your business has finally bought into cloud technology. You’ve even set up operations to run off of mostly cloud services.

This is all great until you realize that your Internet connection just isn’t allowing you to take full advantage of these services. You and your team can’t get access to critical business systems. Or worse yet, you’re prevented from accessing these services altogether.

That’s one of the problems a super-fast Internet connection was supposed to remedy. And it was one of the reasons why Google introduced Google Fiber last year. The special high speed Internet connection brings 1 gigabit-per-second of broadband to homes and businesses at a low cost.

At the time, Google announced Fiber would be coming to three tech hubs in the U.S.: Kansas City, Mo.; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. So far, it’s only available in Kansas City.

But, before Google could even make good on that promise, the company announced it was already working on a faster version of Fiber. A USA Today report suggests that Google is already developing connections capable of 10 gigabits per second. The high speed should dramatically increase business confidence in software as a service (SAS) and cloud applications.

This is because the higher speed assures access to even the most data intensive applications, the newspaper reports. It’s a speed already much faster than most connections available to businesses.

At a Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Google CFO Patrick Pichette explained:

“That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen. Why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait.”

We’ve noted in the past how faster Internet connection speeds can improve your business.

Here’s another perspective on the importance of Google Fiber to business from David Bresemann, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Silicon Laboratories Inc., a locally based semiconductor company, in Statesman:

“Access to more bandwidth is like rain in Texas — it’s good for everyone. Austin’s tech-savvy residents and businesses have an insatiable appetite for higher bandwidth.”

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Joshua Sophy - Staff Writer


Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is a staff writer for Small Business Trends, covering technology and business news. He is a journalist and editor with 15 years experience in media. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Joshua also serves as President of the Board of Directors of a curling club and is editor of a regional newsletter focused on the sport of curling in the Eastern U.S.

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  1. Google Fiber sounds like a great product.

    I wonder when it will start ramping up in more cities.

    I also wonder how safe our data and privacy will be-with Google again having access to it…via a direct online connection.

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  2. Google Fiber is up and running in Provo. I know lots of people using it.

  3. doesn’t mean anything for businesses – no human can work that fast!

  4. It means very little for the vast majority of small businesses. A minisule percentage of the country will actually have access to Google fiber leaving the rest of us to the likes of Comcast.

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