http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/11/technology/companies/11google.html Google is looking for towns with populations of between 50 and 500 thousand people to tweak their network infrastructure in order to deliver 1gbps Internet access to homes and businesses. They'll be spending hundreds of millions on this project and people who pay for the service will be paying for the normal cost of broadband. Just to be clear, it's fiber to the home. So it's better than cable in two ways. It's a fat pipe--1gbps which is a ton of bandwidth, and it will be low latency, which is different from bandwidth and important for real time communication. My guess is that this is going to be disruptive as hell. 1gbps to the home is unthinkable. What's going to come of this? My guess is that when Google announces which towns it will install the broadband into, floods of people will move to those towns for new jobs made available by the new networks. What would you do with 1gbps to your doorstep? Nevermind, I know what you would do. Besides high definition 3d porn, what would you do with all the bandwidth? When I think of a huge pipe with a low ping, I think virtual reality. The ability to move massive amounts of user data back and forth in real time makes it possible. Couple that with the kind of shit we're seeing with motion capture it seems like a logical step.