Google Considered Adding Phone Service To Fiber Packages, But Regulations Got In The Way

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Google knows all about dealing with regulations. The company seems to be up against various governments all the time, mostly over privacy issues revolving around cookies, Street View, or just how much Google knows about you. The company also had to deal with a fair amount of red tape when setting up its Fiber initiative in Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS. But according to a new report from the region, things could've been much stickier had it gone for a triple-play bundle.

Right now, those in the the two cities can grab a fiber-based TV and Internet package from Google. Pricing is outstanding, and speed / quality is insane. Those two cities are the envy of the Internet nation right now. But one thing you can't buy is Google phone service, which is commonly offered from rivals like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. So, why the omission? According to Milo Medin, vice president of Google Access Services: "We looked at doing that. The cost of actually delivering telephone services is almost nothing. However, in the United States, there are all of these special rules that apply."

Basically, he blamed regulations for steering them clear of it. But the reality may be something a little different. While we have no doubts that there are tons of regulations to comply with if providing home-based phone service, Google is careful in how it pushes (or "lobbies") the government around. It's also probably not prudent for Google, an innovator in the space, to offer a flagging technology like in-home phone service. With mobile connections skyrocketed and landline sales on decline, why would Google plop its eggs in that basket?
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lipe123 replied on Wed, Dec 5 2012 12:49 PM

There is always google voice, and skype and all those options. Landline phones wont be around forever so Google might as well just push everyone into a VOIP option.

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I actually just read a few minutes ago that google and Dish network are in talks right now about rolling out their own mobile phone networks by the end of 2016.  Apparently Dish already had everything lined up, and Google apparently decided to partner up.

  Not exactly the same as them not getting land lines, but perhaps they'll look into packaging cell phones with internet service.  Sounds like something google would do.

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If there land line is connected with the fiber package, the technologie used is probably VOIP.

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