The race for America’s fastest broadband speeds

Last year Google selected Kansas City as the location for its first attempt to connect homes to its own fiber-optic network. Other than Kansas City, New York City is also trying to ramp up its Internet speeds to compete with cities like Amsterdam, Barcelona, Moscow, Singapore and Toronto. With this Internet speed race in full gear, where does Cincinnati stand? More from Next American City:

Here in Kansas City, Google is in the early stages of an experiment. The stated goal: To learn what there is to know about making high-speed broadband faster, cheaper and ubiquitous. Called Google Fiber, it’s the most ambitious fiber-to-the-home project in the country. Here in the geographic middle of America, at least this moment in time, these paired cities will have the fastest, broadest broadband network in the U.S.

For Kansas City, the dream is of a gigabit of connectivity in every pot, enough to bring into being remote medical screenings, digital coursework from anywhere in the world, fire departments equipped with 3-D building plans and immersive video gaming — enough to transform two mid-sized heartland cities into a 21st-century hub of the digital-age economy, a hotbed of innovation and growth.

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  • Isn’t this a waste? What kind of website uploads at that speed? Not even 1080p steaming needs that kind of bandwidth.

    • With the rising popularity of online storage services (Dropbox, Google Drive), video streaming services (Netflix, Hulu), and online backup services (Carbonite, CrashPlan), home internet connections are already becoming saturated. I have trouble streaming Netflix and doing any other kind of web activity at the same time on my Time Warner Cable/RoadRunner connection.

      We also can’t predict what types of services will become possible once these improved home Internet connections come into play. At some point HDTVs will be replaced by 4K (recently branded UltraHD), and Netflix/Hulu/YouTube/etc. will need up to 4x the bandwidth to stream in this quality. As high-DPI monitors become more popular (they already are used on most smartphones and tablets, and a few laptops), websites will need up to 4x as much bandwidth for images and graphics.