For future blogging: Verizon v. Google on what drives Gigabit demand
Verizon responded to the recent buzz around Google Fiber and the FCC Chair's "Gigabit City" challenge with this blog post.http://publicpolicy.verizon.com/blog/entry/what-broadband-speed-can-do-and-cant
For those who did not click through, it basically says "we can offer 1 Gig with our fiber network whenever there is customer demand for it, but most people don't even have computers that can handle 1 Gig, so why should we? When the time comes, we are totally here."
It is an interesting question on what drives demand in this space. Is it that the lack of 1 Gig connectivity prevents us from developing applications and services that would demonstrate the value, so that if we had 1 gig connections available people would make such products? Or is it that products must come first to drive demand for 1 gig.
This is deserving of longer exploration, but I park it hee for now.