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AT&T's expanded 1 Gbps fiber rollout could go head to head with Google

U.S. broadband giant AT&T could roll out 1Gbps fiber-optic service to up to 21 new metropolitan areas, including Atlanta,   Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Jose, California, the company said Monday.

 

The company's rollout of its U-verse broadband with GigaPower service will also include television service. AT&T had previously   announced plans to build ultra-fast broadband in Austin and Dallas in Texas and in Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North   Carolina.

 

The company will work with local leaders and groups to discuss ways to bring the ultra-fast broadband service to communities,   the company said in a press release. Communities that have suitable network facilities, and show the strongest investment   deals, based on anticipated demand and the most receptive policies, will influence the company's selections, AT&T said.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

1 Gb/s is the new frontier. Google paved the way and now it's expanding. Sony's network in Tokyo even tops 2Gb/s though I wonder how many users actually have the appropriate Ethernet or WiFi interface to deal with such a throughput.

 

In France Orange is rolling out 500 Mb/s down / 200 Mb/s up which is not too bad. I currently enjoy 300 down / 50 up at home already.

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FCC Chief Calls for Gigabit Internet in All 50 States By 2015

FCC Chief Calls for Gigabit Internet in All 50 States By 2015 | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

"There should be at least one community per state with 1Gbps Internet, to drive innovation, Genachowski said..."

 

Cities around the U.S. will have gigabit-speed Internet access by 2015 if the FCC's wishes come true.

 

All 50 states should have at least one community where consumers can get 1Gbps or faster Internet access by 2015, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Friday. Speaking at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., he called the new push for fast networks the Gigabit City Challenge.

 

Gigabit-speed Internet access stimulates technology innovation and associated economic growth, Genachowski said.

"The U.S. needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness," Genachowski said, according to an FCC press release. He cited Google's new network in Kansas City and a fiber network built by a local utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he said Amazon.com and other companies have created more than 3,700 new jobs over the past three years.

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

One order of magnitude

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