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Google Fiber really seems to be picking up steam. After somewhat unexpectedly lining up Austin, TX and Provo, UT, Google has gradually begun adding fiberhoods adjacent to and near the initial Google Fiber launch site in Kansas City, including Shawnee, Kansas and Grandview, Missouri. Google announced the next fiberhood, which will be in Gladstone, Missouri after the city council there voted to bring the gigabit Internet service to town. Google did not announce a timeline and as usual stated that it will take some time to plan out, engineer, and execute the rollout in a new location. This marks the... Read more...
After starting out in Kansas City, Google has looked to grow its gigabit Google Fiber networks sometimes in leaps (Austin, TX and Provo, UT) and sometimes in steps (adding Kansas City, MO to Kansas City, KS). The latest announcement that Google is planning to light up Shawnee, KS is the latter. In a blog post, Google announced that the Shawnee City Council voted to bring Google Fiber to the smallish town, which is a western suburb of Kansas City. Google didn’t give a particularly compelling reason for adding Shawnee--other than a half-hearted bit about how the city has kept its citizens informed... Read more...
Make all the jokes you want about Nebraska, but that state knows college football, beef, corn, and living the good life, and now its largest city (which is a rapidly growing area, by the way) will be one of the precious few metropolitan areas in the country with gigabit Internet. ISP CenturyLink announced today that it will be piloting a fiber network that will deliver gigabit speeds to some 48,000 homes and businesses on the west side of Omaha. CenturyLink already has a fiber network there, and the company will upgrade it to fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to allow for the high Internet... Read more...
The rollout of Google Fiber in a given location must feel like an impending tidal wave to the competition, which generally offers slower Internet speeds at higher prices (and often with frustrating customer service) than the search giant-come-ISP, and we’ve discussed before how this development has put the industry on notice. Time Warner Cable doesn’t plan to take Google Fiber’s disruption lying down, and its Director of Digital Communications, Jeff Simmermon, has taken to the corporate blog to let everyone know just what the company is doing to stay competitive. In Austin, the... Read more...
As expected, the Provo Municipal Council unanimously approved the measure regarding bringing Google to town to take over the city’s struggling iProvo fiber network. Google will retrofit the network for its Google Fiber service, which will make the relatively small town of Provo just the third locale with the gigabit Internet and TV service. The Salt Lake Tribune grabbed some more specific details, including confirming that Provo is selling the network to Google for the ceremonial price of one dollar. Google will offer its 5Mbps Internet service to Provo residents for free for 7 years and... Read more...
Earlier this week, Google suddenly and unexpectedly announced that it was planning to roll out Google Fiber service to Provo, Utah. The city has an existing (though older, and somewhat unfinished) fiber-optic network that Google can apparently just retrofit to suit Google Fiber, which is a much cheaper strategy than building a gigabit infrastructure from scratch. According to the AP, the fiber network initially cost the city $39 million, but it may sell it to Google for one dollar. The smallish city’s residents have been paying $5.35 per month per household in utility bills for about a decade... Read more...
Google announced that the next lucky locale to get Google Fiber service will be Provo, Utah. Instead of starting from scratch and building the infrastructure, the company is in the process of purchasing iProvo, which is a pre-existing fiber-optic network, from the city of Provo. That network, however, is over a decade old, so Google will have to perform upgrades and also finish building out the network to reach all the homes along the network route. There’s one catch, though: the city council has to vote on it. “Our agreement with Provo isn’t approved yet—it’s pending... Read more...
A few years ago, when Google was determining which city to launch its pilot Google Fiber program, cities all over the country went all-out trying to persuade the search giant to bring all that fantastical bandwidth to their neck of the woods. And with good reason: Google Fiber offers gigabit Internet speeds and even TV service, all at prices that meet or beat the competition. In fact, the lowest tier of Google Fiber service (5Mbps down, 1Mbps up) is free once users pay a $300 construction fee. Eventually, Kansas City was the lucky locale chosen for the Google Fiber launch, and by all accounts things... Read more...
Google Fiber is, in a word, awesome. In addition to bringing unprecedented Internet speeds to a few lucky areas in Kansas City (at an attractive price point no less), the presence of the service has apparently been attracting startups to the area and has people calling it the “Silicon Prairie”. Google is also on the record as saying that Google Fiber is not just a one-off thing; it will spread to more locales and will no doubt foster growth in those places, as well. And perhaps it’s obvious, but Google Fiber may be a problem for competing ISPs. For example, The Consumerist posted... Read more...
There’s never been a better time to live in the Hanover Heights area of Kansas City. That’s the lucky “fiberhood” that will be the first to receive Google Fiber, which will deliver one gigabit Internet speeds. Google says that construction will begin within a few weeks. After Hanover Heights, Google is planning to install Google Fiber in 179 additional KC neighborhoods, with the last one--the Lykins North area--getting the speedy service a year or so from now. The first fiberhood on the Missouri side of the city will be Crown Center, where construction will commence this... Read more...
Midwest livin’ has never been so good. In addition to a cost of living that would make any east- or west-coaster faint with jealousy, Kansas City was the lucky winner of the Google Fiber sweepstakes. KC was the first city to test out Google’s 1Gbps network, the fastest Internet service available. Google, with its constant Manifest Destiny-like expansion into more tech territories, has surely been looking to add services to its Internet offering relating to its Google TV; now, it appears that the search giant has indeed taken a step in that direction. The Kansas City Business Journal... Read more...
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