Google is entering the ISP/cable business.

They are now offering 1 GB upload/download speeds (which blows away anything currently offered to residential customers) for $120/month, which includes TV.

They are offering the same without TV for $70/month.

Perhaps even more surprising, they are offering a slower internet (5 MB download, 1 MB upload, similar to today's budget cable plans) for free, guaranteed for a minimum of 7 years. The only "catch" is that you have to pay a $300 one-time "construction" fee to get this.

The 1 GB speed is almost 1000 times faster than the slower DSL/cable speeds of today, and still 50-70 times faster than most fiber optic customers (such as Verizon FIOS) are getting.

Keep in mind that a lot of the additional speed will be wasted for most customers, as the speed of loading web pages depends upon a variety of factors, including your computer's processing speed and the website's speed. Still, 1 GB downloads would be really sweet. For example, would allow you to download a feature-length movie in just 6 seconds!

Unfortunately, this is only available right now in the Kansas City area.