Ultrafast internet service launched by Vancouver start-up - British Columbia - CBC News
I'm so jealous! Fiber is popping up everywhere. Google Fiber is spreading all over the US. I read an article the other day about a Vermont ISP launching fiber for half the price of competitors. I can't wait for that to start showing up around these parts. What do you guys think about it?A new Vancouver-based internet provider says it will be offering fibre internet at a speed of one gigabit per second — 60 times faster than the Canadian average — for a comparable price to that lumbering average connection.
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OneGigabit, a small start-up launched by computer networking and telecommunications specialist Eric Kuhnke, says that for $45 to $65 a month, he will be offering speeds comparable to those offered by Google Fiber, and also with no bandwidth caps. Google's blazing-fast internet service caused a buzz in the U.S. when it first launched last summer in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo., for a modest $70 a month.
A recent report from internet metrics company Ookla showed the average monthly Canadian internet bill is $54 for an average download speed of just 16.6 megabits per second. A gigabit per second is the equivalent of 1000 megabits per second.
According to Google, with its gigabit connection speed:
You can stream at least five high-definition videos at the same time (allowing multiple people to watch different things in different rooms of a house or download).
You can download an entire 14-gigabyte digital movie in less than two minutes.
You can transfer data over the internet faster than you can write it to a thumb drive.
But ultra-fast internet speeds are typically only possible if the "last mile" — the wiring that connects a building to the rest of a telecommunications network — is made of fibre optic cable. That is only the case if the traditional copper wiring has been recently upgraded to fibre technology.