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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...
When communities discover that Google Fiber is coming to town, there is usually instant jubilation. I know that when it was announced that my neck of the woods here in North Carolina would be receiving Google Fiber, my Facebook feed lit up with overjoyed friends tired of the monopolies that rule the Internet roost. A “mere” $70/month will get you 1Gbps Internet speeds with Google Fiber. However, if you pay a one-time $300 construction fee, you can enjoy “free” 5Mbps/1Mbps Internet speeds. In a move to further bolster its philanthropic efforts, Alphabet is bringing its Google Fiber service to low-income... Read more...
Google is looking to round out its Google Fiber service, and well-entrenched cable companies like Time Warner Cable and Comcast, which often have virtual monopolies in various markets across the United States, should have even more reason for concern. According to a new report, the search giant will launch Google Fiber Phone, which would add to its exiting Internet and TV services to give Google Fiber a true “Triple Play” offering for customers. Members of the Google Fiber Trusted Tester Program have received invites via email over the past few weeks to test out Google Fiber Phone. Not surprisingly,... Read more...
The fiber wars are kicking into high gear. Earlier today, we learned that AT&T is expanding its ultra-fast Gigapower service to 38 metropolitan areas across the United States. Not to be left out, Google announced today that it is also expanding fiber Internet service coverage, albeit on a much smaller scale. The two lucky cities this time around are Chicago and Los Angeles, which when combined are home to over six million Americans. As is the case when Google selects a new city to receive its fiber service, there’s an extensive checklist that must be followed along with considerations for city... Read more...
Someday people will look back and wonder how we ever managed to navigate the Internet at anything less than 1Gbps. To that future generation, sub-1Gbps downloads (and uploads) will look as pedestrian as dial-up does to us today. We're not there yet, but Google is determined to make that future a reality by continually expanding its fiber-optic network. It's only available in a handful of locations, though Google is always exploring new places to infiltrate. Three that it thinks show promise just received an invite to start looking into things to see if Google Fiber would be a good fit. They include... Read more...
Google has picked three new cities to consider for its Google Fiber initiative. Irvine, CA, Louisville, KY and San Diego, CA all received public invitations from Google to join the small, but growing list of U.S cities that have Google Fiber’s low-cost gigabit Internet connectivity. Assuming all goes to plan, that will bring the number of cities that have Google Fiber (or will soon) to 12. Preparing for gigabit Internet is a huge undertaking, requiring cities to assess their infrastructure and agree to make certain information, such as maps of utility lines, available to Google. Google says that... Read more...
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