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When we last left Google Fiber, Google announced that it would be setting up shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. That was in addition to a number of other large U.S. metropolitan areas that were announced earlier in the year including Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Today, Google is proud to announce that it has selected another city that will receive its high-speed fiber Internet service; and its Google’s latest “Fiber” city to date. San Antonio, Texas is home to 1.4 million residents and represents “one of the biggest and fastest... Read more...
Suits from AT&T and business representatives from Durham, North Carolina are high-fiving each other today as AT&T gets ready to cut the ribbon on its ultra-fast GigaPower fiber Internet service in the area. Today's rollout will cover the Bull City and Durham Country, providing residents with access to broadband Internet service of up to 1Gbps.That's more than a 100 times faster than standard cable Internet speeds in the area, and just as important, AT&T has beaten Google the punch in North Carolina. That gives AT&T time to grab as many customers as it can before there's more competition,... Read more...
Google might have sparked the fiber internet wars with its highly acclaimed Google Fiber service for residential customers, but competitors like AT&T, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast have been close behind looking to offer matching (or greater speeds) in the same markets. One competitor that is touting faster speeds — actually, twice the 1Gbps speeds offered by Google Fiber — is Comcast. Comcast’s 2Gbps symmetrical Gigabit Pro was first announced in April for the Atlanta market, and will soon begin expanding to the San Francisco Bay Area, Chattanooga, and parts of Colorado and Oregon. What was... Read more...
It’s funny how a little bit of competition will force a company to wake up realize that its customers have compelling alternative services to consider. We’ve seen that in the past as both AT&T and Time Warner Cable have responded to Google setting up camp in cities across the country with Google Fiber. Comcast even succumbed to the pressure in Atlanta, announcing its 2Gbps Gigabit Pro fiber Internet service in Atlanta (it only did so after Google Fiber was confirmed to be coming to the area). The competition is now forcing Comcast’s hand in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company announced... Read more...
Google Fiber (and to perhaps an even greater extent, municipal broadband) has existing players in the broadband market scrambling to step up their game. Earlier this year, Google announced that it would bring its 1 Gbps Google Fiber Internet service to the Charlotte, NC area. Now, Time Warner Cable (TWC) is countering Google’s move into its service area with free speed boosts for customers. Customers currently signed up for Roadrunner Standard (15 Mbps), Extreme (30 Mbps), and Ultimate (50 Mbps) will receive free upgrades to 50 Mbps, 200 Mbps, and 300 Mbps respectively. It’s interesting that TWC... Read more...
Google and AT&T have been slowly rolling 1Gbps fiber Internet services across the United States. Google struck the first blow when it launched Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kansas, and AT&T has followed suit as Google Fiber’s shadow in many markets (and in markets where Google is not already available, AT&T has seen fit to price gouge customers). Now, both AT&T and Google are about to get some competition from Comcast, which is set to launch an even faster fiber-based service this year starting in Atlanta, Georgia. Starting next month, 1.5 million Atlanta metro area residents will... Read more...
Salt Lake City, Utah residents rejoice! Google Fiber is coming to town. Salt Lake City joins a host of metropolitan areas that were selected to receive Google Fiber just this year alone. Those cities include Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. “Salt Lake has more than breathtaking mountain vistas and fantastic ski slopes. It also hosts a booming technology sector, world-renowned universities and a vibrant local culture,” said Devin Baer, the Google Fiber Associate City Manage for Salt Lake City. “We’re looking forward to seeing... Read more...
Google is slowly but surely expanding its Google Fiber Internet and TV service across the United States, and if you ever wondered how the company can afford to offer such comparatively low prices, we have two answers. The first is simply, it's Google -- the company raked in $66 billion in revenue last year. Secondly, and more importantly, Google unveiled a new ad tracking system for its TV network that it plans to test in Kansas City. The ad-tracking system is similar to the technology Google uses online. During the local advertiser portion of commercial breaks, you'll see ads that are specifically... Read more...
It's not too often that a product gets equated to a vicious disease, but today, that comparison comes from MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett. In talking about Google's Fiber service, Moffett claims that it's getting more exposure than it should be, given that its numbers are so low. In effect, it's "a bit like Ebola: very scary and something to be taken seriously... but the numbers are very small." Well, alrighty then. The unfortunate thing in that comparison is that it's true, as long as we're talking only about cable access, which is center of focus here. In all, Google Fiber supplies just... Read more...
It’s hard to imagine a city not rolling out the red carpet for Google Fiber, the broadband service that boasts Internet speeds of up to 1000Mbps. But that’s exactly what’s happening, a Google executive said at a conference this week. Suggesting that Google is fed up with the resistance, VP of Access Services Milo Medin gave cities an ultimatum: warm up to Google Fiber, or we’ll leave you out in the cold.  What’s frosting Google Fiber is that even the cities that are glad to receive Google Fiber are making the process slow by being inflexible when it comes to red tape. In particular,... Read more...
Google Fiber launched in Kansas City, Missouri in September 2012, and now AT&T is looking to creep in and compete toe-to-toe with its own ultra high-speed fiber network. AT&T’s U-Verse with GigaPower network is launching not only in Kansas City, but also “parts of Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Kan. and in surrounding communities located throughout the metro area.” "We're proud to launch in these cities as the first locations where we will offer ultra-high speeds to local consumers and employers in the Kansas City area," said AT&T Kansas president Mike Scott. "The AT&T... Read more...
We learned earlier this week that Google has concrete plans to bring its gigabit “Fiber” service to the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham areas in North Carolina. Today, Google confirmed the Fiber additions in North Carolina along with the inclusion of Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. The Google Fiber newcomers will join Kansas City, Kansas; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory took to the stage today to help announce the arrival of Google Fiber in his state. The Raleigh-Durham area covers a vast swath of North Carolina, and surrounding towns that will... Read more...
Little by little, Google is expanding its Google Fiber gigabit Internet service to more parts of the country, and the next lucky location is likely to be North Carolina. It's being reported that construction in North Carolina could start as early as April, presumably because it wouldn't be much fun to kick things off earlier and work in the winter months. That, and there's still plenty of planning and red tape to wade through.Google is holding a pair of events next week in Raleigh and Durham. It hasn't said what those events are about, though it's expected the search giant will make an announcement... Read more...
While AT&T is pausing its fiber network rollout in 100 U.S. due to its opposition to President’s Obama’s proposed net neutrality rules and Google is delaying its fiber expansion in 34 markets, it looks as though US Internet is forging ahead with an even faster fiber service. US Internet this week announced that it has already switched on a 10Gbps fiber Internet that services parts of Minneapolis, MN. "The launch of our 10 GBPS Internet service will make Minneapolis the first city in the world to receive access to the Internet at speeds never before experienced in our country, or any other country... Read more...
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