Build it, they might come
Google has a tip for those who want more high-speed internet options: tell your town to get rid of its fax machine, touch up…
Google must like the south
Update: Google has since confirmed that it will expand to 18 cities within the four metro areas below, with construction to start…
Crunch time for the internet
The FCC has scheduled a February 26 vote on net neutrality, touching off a final flurry of debate over how the agency should oversee the…
Google is getting ready to roll out its Fiber gigabit internet service in Austin, Texas, and is now asking individuals and small businesses in South and Southeast Austin to sign up.
Google disclosed a bit of information about its Austin launch. For folks in southeast and south Austin, gigabit networks will start launching in time for the holidays.
The FCC is moving closer to announcing new net neutrality rules and yet Google — the most influential company on the subject — still won’t step into the debate. Here’s four popular theories why it won’t.
Should city governments play a bigger role in getting faster internet for their citizens? The FCC’s chairman shared some thoughts at a time when the city of Palo Alto and others are doing the same in a public proceeding.
Milo Medin is no longer the head of Google Fiber, although he is still with the company. Former Qualcomm executive Dennis Kish is now in charge.
Want to get a gigabit broadband connection? the latest report out from Gig.U shows you how it’s done.
AT&T has begun upgrading Austin residents to gigabit service — making it the second provider after Grande Communications to bring FTTH to Austin residents.
Want the best broadband? Fiber to the home is increasingly the gold standard of high quality connectivity. Too bad more people can’t get it.
The FCC has been gently pushing for the end of state laws that make it difficult to build out municipal broadband networks. It should push harder.
It’s been almost 10 months since consumers began complaining about poor Netflix streaming because of congestion where the last-mile ISP network met Netflix’s network. Why is this still an issue?
Every quarter Akamai tracks the trends in broadband — from speeds to IPv6 readiness and security threats. This year the percentage of people who have speeds greater than 10 Mbps hit 20 percent for the first time.
Boulder, Colo. is in many ways an ideal location for Google to build it’s fiber-to-the-home network. But it didn’t because of a state law that required voter approval for any muni-led network effort.
ISPs and naysayers will argue the consumers and businesses don’t yet need gigabit broadband because there’s nothing people can do with it yet. But that’s not the point. The speed is the app.
More people are on the internet and overall global broadband connection speeds are faster. That’s the good news from Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet report.
Google Fiber started as a project to show how broadband could be improved in the U.S. On its earnings call yesterday its CFO shared a statement that shows it had accomplished that mission.
When it comes to getting high speed broadband in rural areas or underserved communities, fiber-to-the-home may not be the answer. Several companies are trying to develop high speed wireless options that make the grade.
Austin, the home of three potential gigabit networks is also getting a speed boost form its incumbent cable provider, Time Warner Cable. Residents will soon see their speeds hit up to 300 Mbps.
Municipal areas in eight states are under consideration for new Google Fiber rollouts, as the pressure to prepare for a post Comcast/TWC world increases.
Google isn’t the only big company trying to bring gigabit fiber networks to the U.S. Australian infrastructure financing giant Macquarie is investing in Utah broadband.
The fiber is barely in the ground and already Google is thinking about next generation gigabit networks, with the advertising company researching…
In a memo Thursday morning, Comcast EVP David Cohen described the company’s $45.2 billion merger with Time Warner Cable as a “friendly transaction” that’s “firmly in the public interest” — partly because of competition from Google Fiber, Netflix and Hulu.
Building a gigabit network is unfortunately not a fast proposition. It takes time and money to dig trenches or string fiber. But…
AT&T plans to charge $70 a month for its gigabit service in Austin if users agree to let AT&T track their searches. This is a relatively new model for an ISP, although it has been tried elsewhere.
Google(s goog) posted a little update on its Fiber blog noting that it’s wiring Austin for fiber over the next few months,…
Boston is where Lewis Latimer helped Alexander Graham Bell design the first phone. So you’d think the city would have better connectivity now. You’d be wrong.
CenturyLink is planning to upgrade parts of its network to gigabit speeds with fiber to the home deployments in Las Vegas and Omaha, Neb. In an interview, CenturyLink CTO Matt Beal explains why.
AT&T says it will open its gigabit network on Dec 1, but for the first six or seven months residents will only get 300 Mbps speeds.
A funny commercial promises Google Fiber service in mid-October for Provo, Utah residents. The citizen-made commercial shows how good Google is at getting people pumped about gigabit service.
Perhaps sick of the people who look askance at gigabit connections and ask, “Why does anyone need a gig?” the US Ignite…
Comcast’s internet essentials program that offers low-cost broadband gets a speed boost. I think Google’s efforts to offer more broadband for less may be driving Comcast’s change and others.
An article in Wired argues that Google is violating network neutrality laws, but the bigger issue here is about how we adjust our rules and regulations when we have gigabit speeds, and are trying to encourage innovation.
It’s not Google Fiber gigabit service, but Verizon does have a new 500 Mbps FiOS download tier complete with 100 Mbps uploads. Those speeds won’t come cheaply though: You’re looking at $300 a month or more.
Comcast showed off a 3Gbps connection and 4K video delivery Tuesday at the Cable Show, but how realistic was that demo? On the broadband side, we have our doubts. Still, that is one fast connection.
Guess who’s getting a gigabit network now? Residents of Omaha, Neb. woke this morning to news they are getting a fiber-to-the-home network. From CenturyLink.
Residents of rural Vermont are getting gigabit networks that will cost $35 a month. No, not from Google, but from their incumbent telco provider.
Not only does Austin eventually get Google Fiber, but as of last night, Time Warner Cable customers in the area will get free Wi-Fi around the city. Ain’t competition grand?
It’s tough to count how many homes have a gigabit connection, but we can try to get some numbers to give a sense of how prevalent such connectivity is. The answer is not very.
The city of Provo, Utah is the next home for Google Fiber. The news comes a little over a week after Google announced its intentions to build a fiber network in Austin, Texas.
How does Austin feel about getting Google Fiber? I asked several entrepreneurs around town to find out what they thought. Here’s what they said.
With both AT&T and Google planning a fiber-to-the-home, gigabit network in Austin the stage is set for a test of broadband deployment models that could determine how fiber is rolled out elsewhere.
Here’s a roundup of all our coverage from Google’s decision to bring its Google Fiber project to Austin, Texas.
I’m live-blogging the Google Fiber announcement in Austin, Texas, starting at 9am PT today. Austin’s getting gigabit broadband, y’all!
As Austin readies for the announcement of Google Fiber, it’s worth thinking about what responsibilities and new demands come with a gigabit network. There’s still a lot of work to be done.
As Google Fiber heads to Austin, Texas, a quick look at the pricing reveals that GooFi may be harder to sell to happy AT&T customers, but is way cheaper than Time Warner Cable.
Google Fiber will come to Austin, Texas, making it the second city to get the search giant’s gigabit network. Here’s why you should be as excited as I am.
Google and the City of Austin are planning an event next Tuesday to show business leaders, “something new” that’s coming to the city. Could it be a Google Fiber gigabit network?
the number of homes that have access to fiber-to-the-home connections increased by 20 percent year over year, but at 9.7 million North American homes, the population that has FTTH still relatively small.
Google Fiber is the world’s fastest ISP… for Netflix viewing, anyway: Netflix is now aggregating all of its ISP speed data on one website.
Akamai, the content delivery network, has once again issued its assessment of web traffic based on the requests hitting its servers. The resulting survey shows the world’s broadband getting faster.
Seattle will join Chicago, Kansas City, Bruistol, Tenn. and other cities with its very own gigabit broadband network. The proposed plan would see a mix of fiber-to-the-home, mobile broadband and gigabit point-to-point wireless services. The city will partner with Gigabit Squared to make it happen.
Want the best possible Netflix experience? Then get ready to move to Kansas City: Netflix just ranked Google Fiber the best-performing ISP for its customers. AT&T Uverse on the other hand underperformed. The company also ranked the best mobile providers to watch Netflix on the go.
Google Fiber offers a gigabit to Kansas City residents for $70, but the key word is residents. Businesses aren’t getting service. So a few startups have banded together to rent and buy homes slated to get fiber so they can experience the joys of a gigabit.
Google has signed up 180 out of 202 neighborhoods in a pre-registration drive for its fiber-to-the-home service. That’s an amazing take-up rate, although it’s not clear what percentage of homes have signed up. But the incumbent ISPs, AT&T and Time Warner Cable, must be worried.
Google has convinced 10 percent of the people living in areas where it can deploy fiber to pre-register for the service with two days left before the Sept. 9 deadline. That’s a good start, but it might not be enough to get the service to profitability.
While Google grabs all the gigabit glory and headlines in Kansas City for its fiber project, a local company that participated in the drive that brought Google to town is already delivering a gig service – wirelessly! Wait, is that really possible? Apparently so.
Google’s getting aggressive trying to get sign ups for its $70-a-month gigabit broadband service it’s building on top of a fiber-to-the-home network in Kansas City. It has adjusted the numbers of homes in certain areas to make it easier for those neighborhoods to get Google Fiber.
Time Warner Cable is shelling out $25 million to lay fiber to select NYC buildings, but comparing the cable company’s network to Google’s fiber-to-the-home network in Kansas City is silly. The end customer, the money spent, the rationale for the investment and the scope are different.
Google has pledged to bring high-speed fiber Internet to the residents and businesses of Kansas City, Mo. and Kansas City, Kan, in…
The research group notes that even with $45 billion in cash on hand, Google probably doesn’t have the money to blanket the nation in its fiber. But it can cover enough ground to severely disrupt the pay TV business with a superior ISP/video solution.
Community-owned broadband gets a significant boost with the Google fiber announcement, even though Kansas City doesn’t own the network. The trick is understanding which Google tactics can be replicated by community projects and how to use gigabit envy to get municipal networks built.
Thinking about signing up for Google Fiber? Curious about those sleek black boxes Google is showing off? Here’s what each box does and what it looks like — the Network Box, a Storage box and optionally a TV Box if someone gets the TV service.
Our reporter visited a vegan bakery in Kansas City that was one of the first places to get Google Fiber. He offers speed tests via wired, Wi-Fi and a sense of the problems that Google Fiber will have to overcome to sign up customers.
Google’s launch of its gigabit fiber to the home network on Thursday had many positive elements, including free broadband at lower speeds for residents. But there were some things about the proposed network that will disappoint people in the industry and may worry privacy groups.
Google’s fiber-to-the-home network may look like a loss leader for the search engine company, but its executive teams says it’s profitable. Here are the three ways Google has managed to cut the costs of building out a network and beat ISPs at their own game.
Google Fiber just launched today to offer faster access to consumers with a TV product, a terabyte of free storage in G Drive and more. The search giant will even offer free access at what it deems “average” Internet speeds of 5Mbps down.
Google plans to launch a fiber network in Kansas City with the goal of seeing what people there can do with a gigabit connection. But as one city that already has a gigabit network can tell you, the answer so far may be, “Not much.”
Google today sent out invitations to a “special event” on July 26 which is undoubtedly the launch of its much anticipated fiber-to-the-home network. The invite reads, “We would like to invite you to a special announcement about Google Fiber and the next chapter of the Internet.”
Google is gearing up to bring fiber-fast broadband to Kansas City, and a device that could be key to these efforts just popped up the FCC’s website. The set-top box GFHD100 comes with a Google fiber logo – and looks very much like a Google TV device.
Gigabit Squared broke onto the scene on Wednesday, announcing it would spend $200 million to bring gigabit broadband to six college towns in conjunction with the Gig.U program. But the startup aims higher: It wants to change the economics of delivering fiber to the home everywhere.
A Google executive said the company is pondering a fiber network in Europe according to published reports. Google’s dedication to infrastructure is essential to the success of many of its lines of business, and it wants to understand what people will do with more bandwidth.
With its plans to bring gigabit broadband to Kansas City, Google is changing the fate of that city, but it’s also setting out to build a next generation ISP, one designed for the type of world where connectivity is an irrefutable aspect of our lives.
A handful of telco and cable companies and their allies are advancing what some consider the sugarcoated destruction of free-market dynamics and the democratic process by attacking North Carolina’s community broadband networks. This runs counter to the National Broadband Plan and democracy.
James Nelson has been offering folks in Kansas City Internet access since 1995 through his ISP KCnet, where he is the CEO and president, but Google’s decision to deploy a Gigabit fiber network is both a threat and an opportunity for the area’s largest independent ISP.
Google has chosen Kansas City, Kansas for its 1 Gigabit fiber-to-the-home network it announced last February, disappointing the hundreds of other towns that sent in applications in the hopes of getting their own Google-funded superfast network.
Google still hasn’t made a decision on which city (or communities) it would pick to build its one-gigabit-per-second broadband network (announced earlier this year), but the company is moving forward and setting up an experimental network on the Stanford University Campus.
While some cities have their mayors braving freezing lakes and shark tanks to prove their desire for Google fiber — not Alameda, Calif. But although I may have wanted my town to sizzle to sway Google, I have instead learned to appreciate the steak.
Cisco is reportedly developing a new “ultra-high-speed system for internet access in partnership with a number of U.S. service providers.” Seems it’s trying to counter the unease caused by Google’s plan to build a fiber-based network that would connect homes at speeds of 1 Gbps.
Google last week announced Google Fiber, an experimental fiber-to-the-home network it plans to use to connect between 20,000 and 200,000 homes. And while we wait for that network to take shape, Reggefiber of the Netherlands is moving ahead and upgrading its network to 1 Gbps.
Google yesterday announced Google Fiber, an experimental network that would connect between homes to the Internet at speeds reaching 1 Gbps. Here is a list of places around the world where you can get 1 Gbps connections to your home.