Google gives us a peek into how much they had to spend to get connected and stay online back when the company first started. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t cheap. Most likely not by today’s standards anyway. The bill gives an overview of everything, ranging from the fees and setup costs that connected Google to the web, to monthly costs of Google’s network connections, of which they had two. For just one of the network connections alone, Google paid a whopping $18,00 a month, which would be more than years worth of bills for most of us with the internet services we have today. Given Google’s assets now this price wouldn’t have been a problem, and they’d probably love to pay this small amount for what they currently use. What certainly isn’t surprising, is that Google ended up going over their usage limit, and had to pay more money for extra bandwidth. An additional 2mbps cost them a total of $2,700, each one costing half that price.
Having a look at this bill makes you wonder what Google pays for their server connections today. In 1998 when they got started, Google was only running 30 PC’s, but think about how many they must have now and try to come up with a cost. Chances are you won’t be able to fathom what the bill is now. Not all the computers were dedicated to housing the database, in fact four of them were used for crawling the internet, which gave Larry Page the idea to ask for a discount on the bandwidth used by those four computers. The company providing the internet services to Google(called Exodus) didn’t have to pay much for the server traffic on those four since it was all incoming, so they agreed to give Google a lower rate on the web traffic used.
It’s quite amazing to see what companies like Google had for a bill for the same type of services we might use ourselves. If this is what their server bill was like, it begs the question of what they might have paid for electricity. Did they get some special rates there too? Who knows. We’re betting that it was considerably more than what they paid for web services though.