Google Fiber may not be as fast as you think

First Published      Last Updated Apr 01 2015 12:50 pm

Google announced last week that Salt Lake City will become one of its chosen cities for Google Fiber.

That means Salt Lake will join Provo in having lightning-fast Internet, possibly for free, as one of only a handful of cities in the country.

Wednesday marked another announcement: Google Fiber will be offering "Dial-Up Mode," a renaissance of modem-era Internet to slow down not just your speed online, but to slow down your life.

"The loading bar is a signal to many of us to take care of those little things — like making a cup of coffee, taking that bathroom break, or just petting the dog," a Google Fiber Facebook post said.

"We've been told that Fiber's seemingly instant connections have taken away that valuable time. Today we're introducing Dial-Up Mode to slow your Fiber speeds down. Relax to your 56k connection and get those precious moments back."

Of course, the launch of dial-up mode is part of Google's annual April 1 routine. But we still can long wistfully for the days of dial-up, when we all had a little more time to wait.