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Full U.S. Roll Out of Google Fiber Would Cost Google $140 Billion

According to Goldman Sachs, the best estimate for how much it would cost Google to have a complete Google Fiber roll out to the United States would cost roughly $140 billion. That’s $140,000,000,000. That’s a lot of zeros. Technically, Google’s yearly budget for such projects is $4.5 billion, which means we could be waiting quite some time before others outside of Kansas City experience 1Gbps download and upload speeds.

Other estimates were done to see how much the cost would amount to if they decided to only light up half of America, which still equaled to about $70 billion. That’s just $25 billion over the amount of cash that Google has on hand during any given day of the week.

Come on, Apple. Lend a helping hand?

Via: BGR

  • Considering that everyone has electricity via power lines, establishing great infrastructure is worth it. I think if you combine Google fiber with TRUE 4G wireless than you can get everyone connected in America. Google would be dumb if they didn’t do this. Similar to General Electric created the power-lines creating a new demand of electric products, Google could capitalize on ALL COMMUNICATION. Considering that we are in the information age, it seems only natural.

  • They will get a 10X return, easily…. as they basically eviscerate the market share of Verizon / Comcast / TimeWarner / etc. Do it Google, pick an actual major market (Kansas City really?!) and watch the returns come in. You don’t have to light everyone up at the same time.

    • …. and based on intense statistical analysis…. a 10X return would equal roughly 1.2 Trillion dollars

  • George264

    I’m fine with that. It still means I’m getting Fiber in the next couple of years. πŸ˜‰ New York is a popular place. If it doesn’t come in the next couple of year, hasta la vista New York.

  • Joseph L Hemrick III

    Man I so want GF in my area! (Springfield OR) I wonder what a realistic time fame looks like…. 10-20 years?

  • I would move to the middle of nowhere to get superfast interwebs.

  • Yeah I would drop 50!!

  • Why just Apple? Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and many other top tier Internet content provider should just create a joint venture to build a fast fiber and mobile network. It’s in their best interest to provide a fast and “open” network.

  • kgballa

    Google isΓ±t stupid they did this project to show other us cities the value of there product ie attracting the most growing commodity in the business world today “tech start ups” which they’ve accomplished to do. Now they just sit back and watch other cities and investors jump on board. Let the revolution begin!

  • master94

    I like how Google is the only company to take the time to color their pipes. Must be like working with children, I wish Google would hire me. Plus Apple would never lend a helping hand, they only care about profits rather than Google who cares about pushing the boundary of tech while also making some dough on the side.

  • Time for some donations. {{-_-}}

  • Bionic

    Well that sucks. Was really hoping forum South Bend, IN to get it. I guess my one remaining hope is because Notre Dame is here and they get what they want.

    • jfr69

      You’re forgetting that we already have Metronet fiber that runs through town, which ND is already connected to.. http://www.metronetzing.org/maps.cfm

      • Bionic

        So are you saying the infrastructure is already there for Google to lease or are you saying residential customers in South Bend can gets this?

        • jfr69

          Metronet runs throughout the city, and could theoretically be used by Google. Seems like it would be win-win for Google & Metronet. Most of the major infrastructure is in place. It would just be a matter of connecting to the main lines & running to the neighborhoods.. Many of the larger businesses & ND use it already. I wish it were available for residential use – I keep checking to see & hoping.

          • Bionic

            Hell yes me to.

          • Bionic

            There are 3 main reasons it could happen. One being the network you mentioned. Two the fact that Notre Dame is here. And three the fact that South Bend was a finalist city along with Kansas City.

  • Syrio35

    Maybe they should concentrate on the high population areas. I am sure if they covered NE, SE, SW, and upper MW they would have taken care of most of US population. Then worry about Idaho and North Dakota.

    • Aaron Decker

      Hey now. There are people in the Dakotas!!! They cant just leave us out up here. Granted im in South Dakota but still! πŸ˜‰

  • AE35

    I’ll write a check.

  • mgamerz

    Apple lend a hand?
    Patent on what homepage you can use
    patent on what goes through the network
    patent on patents

  • This is where I’m extremely torn between my ideals of keeping government out of the internet and recognizing that subsidies are sometimes needed to do good for the public. In a perfect world, our government would recognize the sorry state of America’s internet infrastructure and partner with private sector companies like Google to spur innovation and bring about more democratization of the internet. In that perfect world, the government wouldn’t automatically think it could control and regulate said internet just because it put up some money.

    Unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world. Hopefully Google will see the potential for this though. Imagine if you will a world where Google takes on the ISPs, cable, and phone (wired and wireless) giants all at once. We’re quickly moving into a world where data is just data (whether a phone call, tv show, or website) and Google seems to be fine with being a dumb pipe for it; though in their case they’d be a smart pipe that sees and uses all the data that passes through. I can definitely see Google using a limited cell service and just blasting wifi off of a fiber network as a main strategy for mobile phones one day.

    Sorry I’m a dreamer.

    • On_Droids

      Sorry state of America’s internet infrastructure? Really?

    • TheDrunkenClam

      America’s internet infrastructure is far from sorry.
      And I think America does best when government stays out of the way of private business. Just my opinion.

    • kg215

      He’s right it is sorry. In most areas you only have a few options, Fios is the only reliable good service, different cable providers are all over the place in terms of being good/bad and there is only 1 cable service for any given area. U-verse has a data cap and not a big one, and areas with U-verse are less likely to have Fios, so those people are screwed. Even good cable providers and Fios are overpriced compared to other countries and there is no competition to drive prices down. You can negotiate by threatening to go from cable to Fios/U-verse and vice versa but it will only help so much. Neither side needs to bend over backwards, they know consumers don’t have many options.

  • r0lct

    I would imagine they would only target major metro areas and leave the rest to wireless. Assuming they expand any time soon.

  • renGek

    I think it would be foolish to try to light up the entire country all at once. Thats asking for a heap of problems and not enough support in place to tackle it.

    I think it should be rolled out to everyone with an android device first. Those with apple devices get nothing. I think thats totally appropriate and fair. πŸ™‚

    • Justin W

      I agree, a total roll-out could be problematic. Start in larger cities and progress quickly. Get major cities down, then work your way down the line, or start up surveys like they did with Kansas, and whichever towns get the most (% of all residents signing up), start there and move down the line.

  • shecalledmejay

    I say start with Major cities, then gain the money back and start with other city and do it in a process of a couple of years

  • Well you have to remember, if they start with areas with the most customers and lowest cost installs the money made from those customers will go towards expansion. Obviously it wont make billions of dollars appear over night but it will soften the blow.

  • jhnnyevans

    I’m not waiting on google to do it in my city..we have had those speeds in my city for several years now. Im waiting for the price to go down…

  • LjHe80

    I wonder what advanced algorithms were involved in finding out that if all of America would cost $140 billion that half would be $70 billion?

  • bakdroid

    If people paid the $150 per month for it and 59% of all households used the Fiber, it would be paid for in 1 year. I think it is doable!

  • nightscout13

    That’s only $466 per American! Since we have 300 Million citizens in the USA.

  • Prime7

    Because numbers from Goldman Sachs are known for their reliability.

  • Dustin Beare

    The Thornton Mellon school of Business should teach everyone here some simple economics. $140 billion may be enough for the infrastructure, but I guarantee the amount to grease the palms of unions, congressmen, senators and all of the local officials needed to sign off on something like this would almost double the total cost to build this.

    • cantcurecancer

      I’m sure they took that into account.

  • Unless no one knows the meaning of a “google,” is a 1 follow by 100 zeros. 14 follow by another 10 zeros is nothing to Google.

    • PhoenixPath

      That’d be a googol, but you were close.

  • Josh Allen

    careful, Apple has a patent on the use of the term $140 billion.

  • Paul

    Wireless is the future. It costs way too much to set up and maintain cabling everywhere. Even Verizon admits this.

    • FuckWit

      Yes dipshit, because of course wireless also means no connection AT ALL to the trunk lines.

  • it comes out to $466 per american we should all pay for our own and call it a done deal

    • Butters619

      I’d pay $500 for Google fiber. Hell, I’ve paid more for an out of contract phone.

      • Anthony_Armando

        they already charge an install (“construction”) fee. $300 install, free internet. 1Gb internet, $70/month, no install fee. 1Gb net + tv, $120/month, no install fee.

        a national google fiber system sounds doable, it will just be a while. i am patient.

  • sk3litor

    I did my own research and figured if they did only 1/4 of the country it would cost 35 billion

  • Just have people pay for the activation before it was setup to pay for the setup. I know I would.

  • SamXp

    Yeah, right. Apple lend a hand with actual, real innovation and technical progress? Not a chance.

  • Cory Larson

    I’m curious as to whether that $140 billion figure takes into account the year-over-year profit realized by providing a successful fiber service. If the included their profits in their new yearly budgets, I have to imagine it would reduce the waiting time from (140/4.5) = ~31 years to something slightly shorter.

  • RaptorOO7

    Well the Feds were offering up funds to get rural areas connected so I don’t see they couldn’t loan Google the funds to build it out of course they would have to keep their hands off of the control switch! I wonder how many years it would take to build it all out completely?

    One more thought, get this rolling on the East Coast!

  • Jeff

    regardless of how much it costs them they will make there money back easily! I for one will ditch comcast as soon as google fiber comes to town!!!!

  • user311

    Lets get this ball rolling, Send all “donations” to the kickstarter page I am about to set up!


  • Alexa White

    I wonder what it would be if they kept charging the install fee to customers rather than waiving it with package subscriptions. I wouldn’t mind paying an install fee if it meant they’d do it more quickly.

  • ceejw

    My dream scenario would be for Apple, Google Microsoft and Amazon to make this a joint venture and cover the entire country.

    • summit1986

      But that would ensure it would be entirely unaffordable for the average person.

      • ceejw

        Why would it be any less affordable than it is with just Google doing it? Unlike traditional ISPs all of these companies have a vested interest in as many people as possible having the fastest interent possible. They would not price it in a way that makes it unattainable for a majority of consumers.

        • Lol’d

          Because apple would demand premium pricing scheme.

  • Butters619

    They wouldn’t roll it out everywhere. Start with major metropolitan cities where population density can make the investment pay itself off. The slowly work out from there.

  • T4rd

    Apple lend a helping hand to Google..?? Rofl..

    • letsmotor

      why invite apple in? The service cost would double or triple and they’d patent it and then sue somebody for their idea ….no thanks!

  • hfoster52

    That’s only 20% of the yearly defense budget. πŸ™‚

  • Hunter

    I really like that picture

  • Nick Norman

    DO IT!!

  • Hmm…$4.5 Billion…that sounds like just enough to light up my home town, silicon valley, Google’s back yard. Perfect πŸ™‚

    • Butters619

      If they did all of Silicon valley it would be funny because Apple would be using it.

      • Justin W

        If I were Google, I’d deny them access on principle. Obviously, Google wouldn’t do that, but I would πŸ™‚

  • “Other estimates were done to see how much the cost would amount to if
    they decided to only light up half of America, which still equaled to
    about $70 billion.”

    So basically they just took the previous $140 billion and divided by 2? Lol

  • Wishinitwas

    The picture should be titled Google’s Mechanical Room, that is not a Data Center.

    • ah, that’s just what they WANT you to think…. πŸ™‚

    • So you’re saying data isn’t flowing through those pipes?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        When their network goes down they just call a plumber… Genius!

    • gardobus

      That specific room doesn’t house any data but those pipes handle cooling for one of their data centers.

      • Wishinitwas

        Its a chiller plant ( just assuming) and those pipes are connected to the chilled water pumps which feed the coils on the data center AC units ….for one of their data centers πŸ˜›

    • WalkerNA

      I thought the internet was a series of tubes. These are just Google’s tubes!


    • and the “No-one-Gives-a-**** Comment Of the Day” Award goes to…

  • Guest

    I don’t care, I just want a kick-ass TV and internet package for $120 a month. Gimme, gimme, gimme!

    • Justin W

      Screw the TV package, I just want the internet. From there, I can go with Netflix, and I’m good to go!

  • “Other estimates were done to see how much the cost would amount to if they decided to only light up half of America, which still equaled to about $70 billion”

    I’m guessing this is how that estimate went: $140B/2


    • That’s what I thought when I first read it lol

      • J Davis

        We could all knock the cost down a little if we each chip in a little.. I got $5 on it.

        • you got 28 Billion friends that’ll do the same?

        • Justin W

          I’m thinking… Kickstarter!! πŸ™‚

        • michael arazan

          Google Kicstarter anyone??? I’d Gladly put $300 into it in exchange for 1-2 years of 1gb up/down internet speeds and wifi for my home. Maybe this is why they are taking their head of Acquisitions and mergers and putting him into what seems to be the head of a hedge-fund like Job now, maybe to generate more capitol for the company.

      • nightscout13

        NO SOUP FOR YOU!

      • Mack

        You want Google Fiber?? Three dollars!!

    • Wow we literally posted the same thing..lol

    • jb

      Seems like it would be substantially less if they only light up the half of the country in urban areas.

      • Suralin

        Urban areas would cost the most as the networking infrastructure would be constrained by that of the existing infrastructure of urban areas. It is why you see Verizon FiOS in suburban areas but not so much in cities (if you were lucky).

        • r0lct

          Keep in mind the revenues from these areas would also be much higher to offset the initial capital expense.

      • renGek

        Not necessarily. Your start up cost might be high regardless of lighting up 1 small area vs one entire state. For example, some of your software has to be built even if you only have 100 customers vs 100,000 customers.

        • puttytank

          The major cost of a fiber roll out if not the software. It’s always going to be cheaper to light up densely populated areas compared to places like Montana or Alaska

    • Paul

      Which doesn’t make sense population wise. A huge chunk of the expense is getting the cables to remote places where people are spread far apart.

  • The US Government is printing money like it’s going out of style. I don’t see why an additional 140 Billion would be a strain.

    • Jeff

      Its not like they had 3 TRILLION GO UNACCOUNTED FOR when the “Plane hit” the Pentagon…(Or so that’s the story they gave the American people and some bought it somehow) It’s not like 140 Billion is anything in comparison to that….

  • fixxmyhead

    borrow some from apple

  • John

    So…pocket change.

  • Kree Terry

    so what are they waiting for? LETS DO THIS THING!!!!!!!!

  • I think we can all agree that the investment would be worth it.

    • Br_d

      Looks like it’s up to KC to prove it.