zett - 5:26 am on Feb 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Couple of comments.
1) Google = Antitrust lawsuit in the making. Someone will not allow to have yet another industry destroyed by the Gorg. Clearly, they can take their cash and subsidize a highspeed network, but someone will bark. Look forward to that moment.
2) 1 Gbps is -as far as I know- for private use is still very much a concept with just early prototypes available. These speeds are commercially available for backbones, and the technology is being used there successfully, but consumer use is still hampered by the availability of affordable network terminators [sic!] for your home.
3) To achieve this speed you need fiber optics in the house (FTTH), not just to the building (FTTB) or the curb (FTTC). In other words: unless Google digs up your street and puts in their own fiber, you won't see 1 Gbps. In FTTB/FTTC cases expect speeds to drop, and to be shared with others. This will still be sufficient in most cases, but you will not get 1 Gbps.
4) The possibilities of 1 Gbps seem to be endless, and yes, I love the idea of having such a fast connection. But let's face it - TODAY only very few services can fill up that bandwidth. Video comes to mind, online backup solutions, file sharing, online editing of files (e.g. remote Photoshop). But then? What else?