- The Washington Times
Friday, February 14, 2014

Google envisions an Internet that is 1,000 times faster than what the average U.S. user currently experiences — and it expects that vision to become a reality within three years.

“That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen,” Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference on Wednesday in San Francisco, according to USA Today. “Why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait.”

Currently, most users experience Google Fiber data transfer speeds of 1 gigabit per second, but the goal is to increase to 10 gigabits as soon as possible.

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Google has had gigabit speeds in Kansas since 2012 and intends to provide similar services in Texas and Utah.

Though Google’s sheer volume of user data already on file is a cause for concern to some, the plus side is that it has “the money to fight draconian laws that would protect incumbent providers” aiming to stymie competition, Wired magazine points out.

Nevertheless, the company’s nationwide plans have already encountered obstacles. Tech website Ars Technica noted that lobbyists for corporations such as cable companies are looking for ways to stop Google through the legislative process.

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