Google earlier today announced that it would be launching an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would offer speeds of as much as 1 gigabit per second. The question is what can you do with this much speed? Share your ideas with us.

Google earlier today announced that it would be launching an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would offer speeds of as much as 1 gigabit per second. The question is, what can you do with this much speed?

Our philosophy has long been that broadband is a platform of innovation and thus there will emerge new applications from the proliferation of fat pipes — whether they are wired or wireless.

Stacey had offered up five bandwidth-hungry applications that included high-definition telepresence, telemedicine, video instant messaging and video presence, HD television and real time data back-ups. Internet-based storage services and in-cloud personal video recorders are other options for fat pipe usage. Of course, with that much speed even our desktops can be offered on desktop.

So the question to you gentle readers: If you had 1 gbps to your home, what would you do with it?

  1. Download Download Download! ;)

    And a also upload!

    ‘ok was kiddin….. ;)

    One point you missed above is 3D Live Conferencing! Yes it will be possible if 1GBPS really comes to existence!

    But it would take atleast 20 more years to be here in India after US gets it.

  2. I think we’d finally see video conferencing that looked good enough to get regular people to use it. By way of comparison, blu-ray video is about 40mbs.

  3. Porn obviously.

    1. LOL

    2. Not just Porn, ALL OF THE PORN!!!!

      *laughs evilly and starts typing*

  4. On demand IP-TV. That may be the natural evolution “a-la hulu”.
    Apple and Google are capturing the music, video and book market. TV market may be the next step.
    Phone / Video calls is also a good one.
    Some of the above is offered by some Internet providers outside the US. Look at http://www.free.fr. This company offers higher bandwidth than in the US, provide TV broadcast over IP, free phone calls including international calls, VOIP connectivity…

  5. One of my wilder ideas is install a giant screen and stream live ultra HD video of a real aquarium with all the tropical wish, sharks and stuff.. Having the aquarium experience in your living room or bedroom and being able to watch amazing stuff when you wake up in the morning.

    Possibilities are mouth watering.

  6. develop things ready for machines not practical until then, paired with evolved internet sky, next internet BOOM!!! =)

  7. Currently for me, I would be happy with 100Mbps. I could watch HD TV (like I used to do in Europe, with ISP called “Free”, that provides over 100 TV channels over ADSL2+, including some HD channels), hook up a HD video camera and video conf with several at once, video conf with my health care provider, etc.

    But what become important are the “latency” and “reliability”.

    Low latency (<200ms) becomes a requirement with all the new services (notifications, streaming, IM/wave, “cloud OS”, etc.)

    Reliability becomes key with new “cloud OS” (like ChromeOS). You need connectivity without glitches.

    So I wont mind 1Gbps, but only if low latency and reliability come with it.

  8. Gregory Alan Elliott Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Anything BUT porn.

  9. Yeah, ability to watch HD content is just but one of the uses, IPTV would be the most obvious use, coupled with streaming.

  10. 1 Gbps to the home? With wholesale bandwidth costs in our rural area at $100 per Mbps per month? Let’s see: that’ll be $100K per month, please.

    I cannot believe that the trade press is so easily suckered in to acting as a PR machine for Google whenever it publicizes a financially impossible proposal.


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