Fiber to Fiber Speedtest: Google Fiber (Kansas City) to EPB (Chattanooga)

We’ve been using Google Fiber in the #KCSV for a few months now, and the speeds are pretty sick.  However, long before Google started laying dark fiber and lighting up the village, Chattanooga was kicking it on the Internet @ 1Gbps.  Several years ago, the EPB built a smart grid connecting over 160,000 homes with fiber, offering them packages for Internet speeds from 25Mbps to 1Gbps.  This made Chattanooga one of the first gigabit cities in America.

When Google chose Kansas City as the first city to receive it’s fiber services, we quickly joined Chattanooga and the growing list of gigabit enabled cities around the world.  One of the first things we did when we came online was do a Google Fiber speedtest to a server based in downtown Kansas City (about 5 miles from the village).  It clocked in at 941.65Mbps download and 943.28Mbps upload.  Not too shabby.

That’s cool and all, but what about REAL WORLD speedtest results? What kind of speeds can we see when one gigabit city connects to another gigabit city?  Thankfully, the EPB has a speedtest server which lets us find out.  Normally, they limit speedtests to their server to a maximum of 100Mbps, but they kindly removed the restrictions for us by whitelisting our IP address.

On a sunny April day in the #KCSV, we fired off a speedtest from Kansas City (Google Fiber) to Chattanooga (EPB) and here are the results: 490Mbps download and 193Mbps upload.  Also, not too shabby.

Now, what’s next for us to do?  While we’re busy thinking about that, why don’t you tell us what YOU would do with a gigabit Internet connection.  We love ideas from fellow entrepreneurs, geeks, technologists and thought leaders.

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11 comments on “Fiber to Fiber Speedtest: Google Fiber (Kansas City) to EPB (Chattanooga)
  1. What would I do with a 1 gigabit Internet connection? Uninstall and redownload every single game I own on STEAM just to see how fast I can do it.

    • Slyntax says:

      Currently it’s not needed because most people wouldn’t utilize it to it’s full potential. In the future anything is possible though. Without 15+ Mbps download HD streaming would be near impossibe without it buffering for a while.

      But still, even downloading games faster is enough for me to want Gigabit internet.

    • Juan De La Rosa says:

      can torrent like a boss

  2. Timelord says:

    Never* lag ever again when playing online games! *(Almost never)

  3. Jeremy Heyer says:

    Deliver all content on demand, goodbye t.v schedules

  4. asmashedpotato says:

    I’d start streaming some good quality stuff like many do on Twitch and Justin TV. I can’t do it because my internet upload speed is as fast as a satellite phone with 1 bar reception. But what can you expect for living in the UK right next to an exchange and on ADSL? Fraud that’s what.

  5. Core says:

    I would download from amazon, and xboxlive.. and youtube video content, without having to wait on “buffering”.. I would play games without fear of lag. I’d have information today through media, when I want it… as opposed to 30 minute waits..

    I’d game with people across the US (who also had good connections) and have a grand ol time. Basically I’d use the connection to just have an enjoyable online experience. I’d probably also use more features of the “Cloud”.. probably have better phone coverage to? (I mean they run fiber to those wireless towers right?) SO I assume 4g connections would probably be more widespread.

    Have real time video chat with people in the US as well, again without that horrid lag.

  6. Sryth says:

    As they are showing here the best way to utilize a 1gbps connection is between areas that have 1gbps connections, and even then you have MPLS latency and bandwidth issues.
    In other words a netflix server in Dallas isnt going to help me here in Austin unless they also have that kind of bandwidth/low latency on their side.

    That being said I am looking forward to google fiber coming here 🙂
    It will be great for intra-Austin activities, such as linking up my home network to work, or for connecting up to servers here in Austin.

  7. mmb says:

    lol you mean lag i have 30 mega bit per sec internet speed

    i don’t have any lag i don’t know which game do you use ??!!!!!

  8. Doug says:

    micro transaction television programming. On-demand TV, live programming, cut out the Comcasts and DirectTV’s and get contracts directly with the major network owners like GE, Disney, TimeWarner, etc for a better price per customer than what the current providers give them.

  9. zack says:

    i would decimate on mmorpg’s like a boss.

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