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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

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Lots -- I push a ton of bits almost constantly
  3702 votes / 14%
Some -- I saturate my connection on a regular basis
  8278 votes / 31%
Little -- It would come in handy once in a great while
  6953 votes / 26%
None -- My current connection handles my needs just fine
  2444 votes / 9%
None -- I don't *need* it, I just *want* it
  3599 votes / 13%
I just want to upgrade my telegraph
  916 votes / 3%
25892 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

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  • Missed the point (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Wolfling1 (1808594) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @05:35PM (#46827895) Journal
    As is typically the case, the survey overlooks one of the most compelling reasons to run Gigabit: Latency (or as the plebs like to call it these days; ping).

    Having an uber fat pipe is not really what most people need. Having a nice low latency (eg below 10ms) is what will really enable realtime thin client apps, cloud based n-tier apps (where part of the business logic layer is on the client), MOBAs and MMOs. I don't want Gigabit because I pump huge volumes of data (about 50Gb per month), I want Gigabit because I hit my latency wall several times every day.
  • by RR (64484) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @06:40PM (#46828441)

    More download speed would be nice, but hardly revolutionary. My biggest problem with Internet speeds is lack of upload bandwidth.

    We're well into the 21st Century. We're supposed to be able to do full-screen video calls, and the technology does exist to do that. My Mac comes with a barely-HD video camera, which takes 1Mbps [] to do a single video call. That's more bandwidth than most of the AT&T U-verse deployments. And this video call will glitch if anybody in the household does anything else at the same time, because the entire 1Mbps upload bandwidth is needed for the ACK packets on any downloads.

    Countless applications have been eliminated because of this fundamental lack of upload bandwidth. I think it's the second-largest barrier to Internet innovation right now. Right behind lack of IPv6.

    And then there are quotas, and latency, and bufferbloat, and extreme overselling. Internet in the US sucks.

  • by rgmoore (133276) <> on Thursday April 24, 2014 @12:20PM (#46833553) Homepage

    Which points out another flaw with the poll; it assumes that you'll continue your current usage patterns even with a much faster network connection. To me, the whole point of getting one is that it would make things practical that simply aren't a plausible option today. Backing up my whole hard drive to the cloud would be hopelessly impractical with my current 5Mpbs upload, but it would become plausible if I could upload 200x faster. The creators didn't think of that and add a "I would start doing things I can't today" option.

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