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Google Fiber gives cord cutters another reason to ditch cable TV

Google Fiber gives cord cutters another reason to ditch cable TV
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If you've thought about cutting the cord on your cable TV or satellite TV, Google is about to give you a great reason to finally go ahead and do it. Clip, done.

Its super-fast Google Fiber for high-speed Internet and high-definition TV is rolling out across the country, and may be coming to your neighborhood soon. Google Fiber uses fiber optic cables to transmit Internet and HDTV signals to your home. These small cables allow a lot more data to travel at a single time than with traditional copper wiring.

Google Fiber transmits up to 1,000 megabits per second, compared to about 12 Mbps in most homes. What that means for you is, downloads and uploads will be hundreds of times faster than they are now.

To put that in perspective, you can download 100 photos with Google Fiber in three seconds. In contrast, it takes 4 minutes and 40 seconds to download those same photos in a house with a 10 Mbps connection. You can download an HD movie in seven seconds with Google Fiber, compared to 10 minutes and 56 seconds with a 10 Mbps connection.

Do you have a faster connection than that? Compared to a 50 Mbps connection, Google Fiber is still way faster. For those 100 photos, Google Fiber takes three seconds, compared to 56 seconds in a house with a 50 Mbps connection. For the HD movie, Fiber's seven-second download far outshines a 50 Mbps connection's 2 minutes and 11 seconds.

With Google Fiber, you can download and save hundreds of movies and TV shows. Plus, those lightning-fast Internet speeds will also make it a lot easier for you to have video chats with your children or grandchildren.

Next page: Find out when Google Fiber is coming to your neighborhood
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