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Broadband Wars: Google Fiber vs Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity

Due to its limited availability, it’s an uphill fight for Google vs other major High Speed providers. This is true, even though fiber has announced plans to expand their service to 34 cities in nine metro areas. ’s recent efforts to eliminate buffering and lag time, however, is a major game changer that just might help them win the broadband wars.

Anyone that has ever tried to stream a movie or other video hates buffering and other causes of lag time. With the FCC’s recent net neutrality ruling, some High Speed Internet providers have begun to allow some companies to have “fast and slow” connections to their customers. This can result in network congestion or “bottlenecks” that slow transmissions on a provider’s network and can make lag times and buffering worse. Any provider that works to eliminate buffering on their network has a distinct advantage over other providers.

To help our readers make informed decisions, we give you the full details on Google Fiber vs fios and xfinity. We fill you in on where Google Fiber is currently available, and how it differs from two of the major broadband providers. We also explain how changes in net neutrality might affect your ability to download and upload content, regardless of who your ISP is, or how fast your connection speed is supposed to be.

Google Fiber’s limited availability is the biggest drawback to the service. Currently, it’s only available in the United States in three cities: Kansas City, Austin and Provo. Earlier this year, Google Fiber announced that it is working with 34 cities in 9 metro areas to expand the fiber optic network, so that Google Fiber or another provider can offer broadband service. The nine metro areas include: Portland, San Jose, San Antonio, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham.

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