Watch out Austin, your Google Fiber is getting closer. The search giant and burgeoning ISP shared a few details about it’s Texas construction so far.
Customers of AT&T’s GigaPower service could end up paying more than double the $29 advertised cost to keep Ma Bell from monitoring their web surfing if they elect to get video with their broadband.
Google Fiber won’t start connecting customers in Austin until much later this year. A local news station has discovered that and where Google has so far applied for permits.
Comcast added almost half of all new broadband subscribers in 2013, followed distantly by Verizon. While cable companies are still grabbing most new subscribers, telcos are gaining a bit of ground thanks to fiber deployments.
When the nation’s largest cable companies merge there are going to be some serious shake ups in the market. We look at who wins and who loses.
The U.S. has the most broadband subscribers in OECD countries, but that’s because we’re the biggest. The OECD’s new broadband penetration stats showcase how far we need to come in future-proof broadband tehcnology.
As the internet giants and telecommunications providers collide, their business models are adapting. The next big battle ground may play out in how we buy gigabit broadband.
A story today on wireline broadband cord cutters fails to focus on the real issue — if people really are cutting wireline broadband because it costs too much and offers too little, consumers and industry are in trouble.
When it comes to broadband most Americas get at least 90 percent of what they pay for and those with fiber to the home or satellite may get even more.
Japanese youth are choosing LTE over fiber to the home connections, which has forced NTT to drop prices for its wireline service. Will the possibility of that kind of cost cutting inspire applications developers to build must-have services for wireline too?
Bored with your 100 Mbps connection? Verizon plans to offer customers up to 300 Mbps down via its FiOS fiber to the home service. That’s double Verizon’s current top speed of 150 Mbps down and a slam against cable companies trying to compete with Big Red.
The Gig.U project, which aims to improve American innovation by deploying gigabit broadband networks to college towns, has teamed up with a startup called Gigabit Squared, which will provide $200 million to actually deploy those networks to six unnamed towns.
France’s Free Mobile launched with enormous hoopla in January, but it sat on a key component of its innovative mobile strategy until today. Free has opened up 4 million Wi-Fi hotspots to its smartphone customers, creating the world’s largest carrier-run mobile data offload network.
Niche broadband networks built to cover areas big ISPs didn’t are doing well in the U.K according to a study out by PointTopic. Such news is welcome to niche players in the U.S. such as Sonic.Net, but is this the best way to deploy networks?
Boly, a tiny town in Hungary became fiber enabled and this video shows how it changed the society, its ambitions and its future. Now the entire video is in Hungarian, but the english subtitles tell the story aptly. As I keep saying — connectedness changes everything.
The U.K. will get 300 Mbps fiber to the home connections available on a wholesale basis. And that, my friends, is the sound of broadband supremacy passing us by in the U.S. as we lag behind other countries when it comes to upgrading our networks.
Much of the discussion about ISPs centers around the nation’s largest players in the telecommunications and cable fields, but there are a number of smaller ISPs that can also share how competition is faring in the U.S. and what might happen if more flourished.
Netherlands, a country that wants to have 1 Gbps connections everywhere now has 269,000 fiber-based broadband subscribers. Netherlands has a total of 6.29 million broadband subscribers including 2.66 million who use cable broadband and it is one of the fastest broadband nations in the world.
Two research groups in the last few weeks have shown off 100 terabit per second speeds delivered over fiber connections. The advancement in speeds is both unexpected and necessary as we rely on broadband as the interconnect for our increasingly digital lives.
Broadband continues to spread worldwide and the high-speed internet movement is going wireless, according to data collected by Akamai for its latest State of the Internet report. Here are glimpses of the report, including fastest cities in the world as well as some U.S. stats.
Chip Rosenthal headed the effort to bring Google’s gigabit fiber network to Austin. He says the Texas capital was on the short list of cities, but thinks Austin was passed over because of a state law banning municipal participation in broadband networks.
Kansas City may not be alone in getting gigabit broadband. In Google’s blog today, it said: “We’ll also be looking closely at ways to bring ultra high-speed Internet to other cities across the country.” Sounds like Google isn’t finished yet. And that’s a good thing.
Google announced its plan to build a superfast, fiber-to-the-home network in a lucky town last February and it would name the town in 2010. But last December it named a new person to lead the effort and said it needed more time. Where is the network?
Latest data from Point Topic, a broadband research firm, shows that broadband prices are down by 50 percent on per megabit basis from 2008. Price declines, are being driven by competition, especially for DSL services which are struggling to keep pace with fiber and cable offerings.
Verizon Communications today announced an even faster fiber to the home tier of 150 Mbps down and 35 Mbps up. For folks like myself still stuck on first generation DOCSIS cable or plain old DSL the digital divide grew by a couple of feet.
Calix, a maker of next generation networking gear is buying Occam networks for $171 million in a stock and cash transaction. The deal values Occam at $7.75 a share — a 27 percent premium over current stock price and includes $3.84 a share in cash.
The growing popularity of video — online and on-demand — is making carriers rethink their network plans. Many broadband providers are currently experimenting with new 10G technologies so as to offer much more bandwidth to your home than even current fiber-to-the-home networks offer.
Verizon has delivered broadband speeds of almost 1 gigabit per second to a customer in Taunton, Mass. as part of tests of its FiOS fiber to the home network. The test customer achieved throughputs of 925 Mbps down and 800 Mbps up.
Google today launched a site that has the effect of creating a community action network around better broadband, starting with the more than 200,000 people who have already weighed in hoping to convince the search giant to build its planned experimental fiber-to-the-home network in their towns.
More than 70 percent of U.S. broadband customers are happy with their overall service, according to Leichtman Research Group. And just 26 percent are “very interested” in receiving faster speeds at home. Which means that big, bold fiber efforts aren’t supported by today’s consumer demand.
The U.S. is still the largest broadband market when it comes to the 30 OECD countries, according to data released late last week by the organization. The U.S. has 81.1 million connections, but it’s not enough to be a big broadband market. We need better broadband.
The government of Australia has committed $38.9 billion to build an open, fiber-to-the-home network that will serve 93 percent of its citizens, with those in rural areas guaranteed service of up to 12 Mbps. The U.S. can’t replicate that effort but it can learn from it.
Tomorrow is the last day municipalities can submit applications for Google’s experimental fiber network that will deliver 1 gigabit per second to homes. But even for cities that aren’t chosen, the lessons learned because of this process will benefit them for a long time.
The FCC chairman today outlined a vision for 100 Mbps connections to 100 million homes. But that goal will be easy compared with other aspects of the National Broadband Plan he outlined such as delivering faster universal service, telehealth, a smart grid, and digital literacy programs.
The FCC released data today detailing the spread of high speed Internet across the nation through the end of 2008, including a map. So why are we spending $350 million to create such a map in the broadband stimulus bill? Because the FCC map is worthless.
To figure out why Google has declared war on the existing communications network with its experimental fiber network, I chatted with Minnie Ingersoll, a product manager for alternative access at Google. Her group works on white spaces broadband, spectrum auctions and Google’s filings with the FCC.
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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released its report on broadband usage and penetration with some interesting findings and observations. Instead…