Items tagged with Google Fiber

In early August, we reported that 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had no authority to prevent states from imposing restrictions on municipal internet. This was a result of the FCC stepping in last year in an effort to use its authority to “remove barriers to broadband investment and competition”. However, the courts sided with the states, which said that the FCC’s order impeded on state rights. In the end, this ruling was not a win for the consumers, but clearly favored firmly entrenched big brand operators like Time Warner Cable, Comcast, and... Read more...
As we’ve reported on a number of occasions in the past several weeks, Google Fiber has encountered an incredibly rough patch with deployments. This has been especially true in Nashville, Tennessee where the company has not only faced challenges with the geography of the region (it’s not exactly easy to bury fiber cable in limestone rock), but also from firmly entrenched competition like AT&T and Comcast. AT&T hasn’t made it easy for Google Fiber to simply roll in to cities across the country and provide gigabit internet speeds to residents. In fact, AT&T has done its best to stomp out... Read more...
When Google Fiber first launched in Kansas City back in 2012, it was hailed as a revolution in high-speed internet connectivity for consumers and businesses. Offering gigabit internet speeds for $70 per month was unheard of at the time, and Google promised to quickly spread the service across the United States. Four years later, Google Fiber deployments have rolled out a snail-like paces as [now] parent company Alphabet has run into problem with geography, city ordinances, and entrenched broadband players like Comcast and AT&T. And according to a new report from The Information, Alphabet is... Read more...
It looks as though Google is having a hard time overcoming the obstacles standing in the way of deploying Google Fiber in Nashville, Tennessee. When we last touched on the story, Google Fiber was lobbying to push “One Touch Make Ready”, which would allow Google to move Comcast and AT&T equipment installed on utility poles as needed — using approved personnel — to speed up fiber deployments throughout the city. Needless to say, Comcast and AT&T weren’t happy about the thought of a third-party manhandling its equipment, let alone the thought of another competitor entering the market. One... Read more...
If you’re a tech nerd like all of us here at HotHardware, you crave speed. Faster graphics cards, faster processors, faster SSDs, faster smartphones — you get the idea. And of course, who wouldn’t want faster internet at relatively reasonable prices? In markets around the United States where there is little to no competition in the ISP arena, customers are usually stuck with just one broadband provider (meaning that you have no choice but to accept their data speeds and prices). It is because of this dark cloud surrounding the U.S. broadband internet industry that many enthusiasts become positively... Read more...
Google is really starting to make some inroads with its Fiber high-speed internet service, and the latest city to “see the light” is Charlotte, North Carolina. Google announced this week that residents in the Highland Creek neighborhood will be the first residents eligible to sign up for one of three plans: Fiber 1000 + TV, Fiber 1000, or the entry-level Fiber 100 (priced at $130/month, $70/month, and $50/month respectively). And in an effort to bring high-speed internet to the “most digitally divided areas,” Google will offer a 25 Mbps version of its service for $15 a month. Residents that live... Read more...
Google's been on a mission to offer 1Gbps Internet service to as many people as possible through its Googe Fiber service, and to accelerate future roll outs, it has agreed to acquire Webpass, a high-speed ISP serving San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, San Diego, Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Chicago, and Boston. Like Google Fiber, Webpass offers download and upload speeds of to 1Gbps. It's also a much smaller operation than major ISPs such as Charter Spectrum and Cox Communications. That makes it an ideal target for Google, which doesn't always build fiber optic networks from the... Read more...
Google is making it easier for those using its Google Fiber TV service to turn any TV in your house into a Smart TV. The company announced today that those who own a Google Fiber TV box will soon be able to take advantage of Google Cast support. So no longer will customers need to purchase a separate Chromecast dongle to access popular apps like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Sling TV, Disney Channel, Pandora, Spotify and of course Google Play (where you can access thousands of movies and TV shows). Best of all, you won’t even need to swap out your existing settop box to enable Google Cast;... Read more...
Google Fiber is making some changes to its much ballyhooed high-speed internet service packages, and the changes are affecting those users that have been enjoying the “free” tier. Google Fiber customers in Kansas City, the first location in the United States to gain Google as an ISP, have been told that the 5Mbps down/1Mbps up internet tier is going the way of the dodo. Customers who chose this tier had to pay a $300 construction fee upfront, but afterwards could enjoy 5/1 speeds at no additional cost. While we wouldn’t recommend trying to push multiple Netflix streams with such a limited connection,... Read more...
Two months ago, we first learned the Google Fiber was entertaining the possibility of expanding its gigabit Internet and TV packages to include home phone service. This would in effect make Google Fiber a true triple-play service to better compete with similar bundles from the likes of AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable. Today, Google Fiber officially announced the addition of Fiber Phone, which is an optional add-on for existing Google Fiber customers. As you might expect, Fiber Phone includes unlimited local and nationwide calling in addition to attractive rates on international calls.... Read more...
Comcast is now offering its gigabit Internet service in the Atlanta area to compete with Google Fiber, but in reality, it’s unfortunately not really much competition at all. For starters, Comcast is offering the service at $70 per month, which matches the Internet-only Google Fiber package, but you must signup for a restrictive three-year contract to secure that pricing. But the hits don’t stop there — if you forgo the three-year contract, you’ll pay a more princely $139.95 per month AND face monthly 300GB data caps. We hate to say it, but gigabit Internet service with a relatively low 300GB... Read more...
While millions of Internet users crave the idea of being able to subscribe to a service like Google Fiber, telecoms like AT&T want nothing more than to be able to squash those hopes. We can see a great example of this right now in Louisville, KY. Last month, a Louisville council voted 23-0 in favor of granting third-party access to utility poles. This allows companies like Google to mosey on in and give local residents a compelling reason to leave their existing Internet provider - such as AT&T. After the ordinance passed, councilman Bill Hollander backed up the successful vote by saying,... Read more...
It looks as though Google Fiber’s next destination is hitting quite close to home, as it was announced today that the high-speed Internet service is coming to San Francisco. Like its announcement for the city of Huntsville, Alabama, Google won’t be using its considerable resources to lay down fiber throughout the city (which is quite a daunting task given the city’s topography) and will instead rely in existing infrastructure to get the job done. Unfortunately, that will limit the scope of Google Fiber in San Francisco, with Director of Business Operations Michael Slinger writing that the service... Read more...
If there’s one thing that monopolistic (via region) ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner Cable hate, it’s competition. If your small town or city is looking to startup its own high-speed fiber Internet service to provide its residents with the speed and access that the big boys just won’t offer, chances are that the telecom lobby will strike with a vengeance. And if municipal fiber Internet wasn’t "bad enough", cable companies also have to contend with services like Google Fiber, which is slowly starting to creep across the United States in major markets. So what happens when municipal fiber Internet... Read more...
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