By Tamanna Desai
Tech & Innovation Writer
If you are a baseball fan who watched game one of the World Series on Google Fiber, then you know firsthand about the outage that occurred while the game was being streamed. Those that were watching the nationwide broadcast of the game on Fox also experienced the screen going blank after Fox’s network temporarily shut down for seven minutes.
According to The Verge, the network was not able to restore their own broadcast and consequently had to switch to Major League Baseball’s network that was broadcasting the live game internationally. As a result the game had come to a halt as well because Fox is the only network that can broadcast the fall series and, therefore, they were the ones providing the instant replay. Without the instant replay working it is hard for any sport to continue because it provides different camera angles necessary to review plays. Fox’s transmission trucks had a power outage and lost signal. As for the Google Fiber outage, an article on Wired said that Google Fiber had fixed the problem within the hour and Google is still trying to figure out what caused the outage.
As with any technology that is newly invented, many mishaps such as the Google Fiber outage are inevitable. This is why Google Fiber is trying to test out their network in small cities, i.e. Kansas City, rather that NYC or Seattle. Google Fiber is a super-fast connection for televisions and internet connection that travels at 1 Gbps (gigabits per second).
Theoretically you could download a two-hour movie in one minute using the Google Fiber service. The reason why it is called Google Fiber is because of the fiber-optic cables which are made of glass that transfers the connection. Ever since Thomas Edison, copper cables were used in a similar way however, with society becoming more technologically advanced, Google explains that in today’s world copper cables just don’t make the cut. Kqed.com continues by saying that they also service televisions channels for customers to buy. This new service is disrupting internet connections in ways competitors such as Dish has not caught upto yet. Upcoming Fiber cities include San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte as reported by digitaltrends.com. The upper Midwest and Northeast are not going to see Google Fiber relatively soon because Google is trying to test out the fiber-optics in smaller cities and fix crashes such as the one in Kansas City before they move onto bigger regions, such as New York City.
The fiber cables will ultimately transform the way we live our lives. Google Fiber’s competitor, Cox has provided services to Williamsburg VA and Virginia Beach- according to the dailypress.com. Cox works with builders and developers to offer residential service within apartments and houses. Other companies that provide the gigabit service are Comcast, Time Warner Cable and AT&T. Forbes elaborated that the cost of the gigabit service through any internet service provider will be costly and will make your cable bill go up because the glass cables are expensive to manufacture. Similar to any new product on the market, the ISPs need to be able to cover the costs of giving the service out which means that in the beginning, expect the rates to skyrocket. The true thing to look out for is will people bear the cost of fiber-optics just for the fast speed and will the fast speed actually live up to the hype. For now it seems that the service will soon become our norm and traveling to a place that does not have that amenity will not even be considered by many.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 3rd print edition.
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