reply to davidhoffman
Re: WTF?! This is more about reputation than what telco & cableco offer.. Google billed themselves big press releases saying this will happen and now it seems like more delays & problems are cropping up.
Once google gets their foot in the door as a last mile ISP, this can potentially grow. IIRC, they will charge for the gigabit and offer only 100/100 service for free. The rollout itself was 'free of charge' and not a significant factor in what they charge for gigabit. Some delays might be for installing wireless video transmission equipment too. Even at a 20:1 ratio of price- gigbit would crush anything a telco & cableco would offer. Verizon will release 300mbit downstream tier in June..
Finally, a broadband deployment race begins.. only had to wait 2 - 3 years for another speed increase.
100/100 service would seem to go against the research purpose of the project, which was to see what could be done if an entire community had gigabit connections. I see them offering the gigabit service at a very low cost, but the video and phone offerings costing more than the cable competitors. But in reality a free 100/100 connection to an average household that cannot afford the 1000/1000 service should be enough to test internet based community projects, involvement, cloud services, and life enrichment. LUS Fiber offers a 100/100 intranet service for all subscribers, without regard to your internet speed tier. They have reported big increases in work at home opportunities that used to require workers to drive to work. The medical field in LUS territory seems to be benefiting from fast transfer of high resolution medical imaging. So 100/100 can probably be useful for Google's research.