Is Google Fiber the right option for a casual web surfer?

Google Fiber in Nashville
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – As the Google Fiber debate continues, is it even a service that is right for you?

Joshua Boyd of Computer Pros in Green Hills monitors pricing and technology of Internet providers for his customers.

“We’ve had quite a bit of interest on Google Fiber,” Boyd said, adding, “If everything was to stay the same right now, yes, Google Fiber does offer faster speeds with traditional residential accounts.”

With plans up to 1,000 megabits per second, he says Google Fiber is much faster.

“Most people at home probably have between 20 and 50 megabits of speed now, so it’s quite a difference in speed,” he explained.

Google Fiber touts their service is roughly 100 times faster access than what most Americans have, but Boyd says that is more than what the typical Internet surfer needs.

“Most people don’t need 1,000 megs. In fact, I would say 90 percent don’t need that fast of service. If you are just a casual web surfer you will probably be fine with whoever you are using now,” Boyd explained.

He added that you need a modern computer, modem and router to handle 1,000 megabits and that  Comcast and AT&T are now offering similar services, but there are some differences.

Boyd says with AT&T the upload speed isn’t as fast, which is important for sending large emails and files.

“With AT&T you get about, you know on their highest rate plan, you get 1,000 megs down and roughly 300 megs up. With Google Fiber you would get 1,000 megs down and a 1,000 megs up. So basically it’s not just your download speed that is faster, it’s also your upload speed that’s faster.”

Boyd said Comcast is rolling out a plan that’s even faster than Google Fiber’s but for a much higher cost.

“Comcast is actually rolling out a two gig Internet service which is basically 2,000 megs down. A 1,000 megs with Google Fiber is going to be about $70 a month, with Comcast, their meg service is about $300 a month. So it’s a huge price difference,” Boyd said.

On Tuesday night, Google Fiber got a win after the Metro Council voted to approve the One Touch Make Ready ordinance after its second reading.

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