Gigabit Internet Is Still Almost Uselessly Fast — For Now
A gigabit is almost unnecessarily fast for most users.By Evan Thomas | July 16, 2016
If you live in the right place, Google will sell you a gigabit internet connection — fast enough to download a gigabyte of data in eight seconds.
But fiber connections like these are almost total overkill with today's internet. Think about what you do with your home internet: watch Newsy, watch Netflix, browse Facebook, watch Newsy some more, maybe download games from Steam. Maybe you even do all of those at once.
According to the FCC, you're doing it all with about 30 megabits per second, on average. And broadband executives and even U.S. lawmakers point out — kind of rightly — that there's no huge demand for anything faster yet. There's a good chance your router can't even take full advantage of a gigabit connection.