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Google Fiber puts the ISPs to shame | Info World

Google Fiber puts the ISPs to shame | Info World | Google Fiber Optics | Scoop.it

As I predicted, Google's fiber experiment in Kansas City is fast succeeding. As the rollout pushes forward, it's educating the general population on what real broadband Internet service is like. If that weren't enough, Google is tossing in goodies like HD television channels, DVRs, tablets, and cloud storage for seemingly free.

 

Make no mistake, Google is not just embarrassing the competition -- it's humiliating its rivals. It's like Muhammad Ali vs. Napoleon Dynamite in a cage match. Some reports say that Time Warner, the incumbent ISP in the area, is going door to door, asking customers if they're satisfied with their service.

 

Time Warner can't compete with Google at this game -- Time Warner has worked hard at not investing in its infrastructure for years, leaving the carrier bereft of options other than to watch helplessly as its customer base dwindles. Time Warner has two choices: upgrade its infrastructure to match Google's or bail out entirely.

 

Now that Google Fiber is a reality and houses are connected, we see pleas like this one from a poor soul stuck in metropolitan Boston with a Comcast cable connection that would be an embarrassment in rural Romania. This is the sad reality of broadband in the United States, especially in the major cities.

 

It could be argued that the big ISPs deliver better service in rural areas (the ones they actually reach) due to the lower concentration of subscribers, as well as the nature of DSL and cable plants. This starves more densely populated areas of reasonable bandwidth -- resulting in exactly the situation described by the disgruntled Comcast customer in Boston. Business-class services may be less impacted, but residential broadband is simply terrible in many of the population centers of the United States. That's just depressing.

 

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Good Grief: Nationwide Google Fiber Would Be Incredibly Cheap To Build | Forbes

Good Grief: Nationwide Google Fiber Would Be Incredibly Cheap To Build | Forbes | Google Fiber Optics | Scoop.it

Well, there’s cheap and there’s cheap of course. But running these numbers can make a nationwide roll out of Google Fiber either seem incredibly expensive or incredibly cheap. Depends rather on which end of the telescope you want to view it from:

The biggest reason of course is the price tag on such a project. A research note this week by Goldman Sachs pegs the price of national deployment at $140 billion, with less than half of the country costing $70 billion. Even with Google’s deep pockets and $45 billion in available cash, that’s a steep hill to climb.

OK, that’s one way to look at it: that’s a very large sum of money to have to find for any organisation. But on the other side that’s the value of the incredibly deep capital markets that exist in the US these days. I wouldn’t doubt at all that $140 billion could be raised, largely in the form of bond finance, to roll out such a system. Well, with a couple of caveats perhaps.

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Google unveils gigabit Google Fiber service pricing - AfterDawn

Google unveils gigabit Google Fiber service pricing - AfterDawn | Google Fiber Optics | Scoop.it
Google has launched their Google Fiber Internet service this week for Kansas City residents.

The gigabit broadband service will be offered in different packages, with ...

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Netflix: We love Google Fiber! » telecoms.com – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion | telecoms.com

Netflix: We love Google Fiber! » telecoms.com – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion | telecoms.com | Google Fiber Optics | Scoop.it

US online video service Netflix has released the latest data for broadband connections in the US which carry its streams, and they make some interesting reading, including the revelation that Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in the country.

Writing on the Netflix blog, Ken Florance, Vice President of Content Delivery at Netflix, writes: “Broadly, cable shows better than DSL. AT&T U-verse, which is a hybrid fibre-DSL service, shows quite poorly compared to Verizon FiOS, which is pure fibre.”

Comcast is the country’s top-ranked cable operator, coming in at third place behind Google Fiber and Verizon, followed by Charter Communications, which has slipped two places.

“The average performance is well below the peak performance due to a variety of factors including home Wi-Fi, a variety of devices, and a variety of encodes,” added Florance.

“The relative ranking, however, should be an accurate indicator of relative bandwidth typically experienced across all users, homes, and applications.”


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Eric Schmidt Says Google Fiber Won't Stop With Kansas City | Wired Business | Wired.com

Eric Schmidt Says Google Fiber Won't Stop With Kansas City | Wired Business | Wired.com | Google Fiber Optics | Scoop.it

Kansas City is just the first stop for Google’s ultra-fast Google Fiber broadband network, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said today.

Speaking at The New York Times‘ Dealbook Conference on Wednesday, Schmidt corrected himself after initially referring to the first, and thus far only, Google Fiber network as an experiment.

“It’s actually not an experiment; we’re actually running it as a business,” Schmidt said. He described the influx of bandwidth hungry startups to the parts of Kansas City where the fiber has been laid and hinted at expansion of the service to “hopefully more cities.”

Sadly, Schmidt dodged the all-important question of where. “We’re trying to decide now,” he said.

There will be no lack of places dying to get the service, especially after Netflix just designated Google Fiber the “most consistently fast ISP in America.” The average speed in November of Netflix streaming over Google Fiber was 2.55 megabits per second. Second place was Verizon’s own fiber network at 2.19 megabits per second.

Still, just calling Google Fiber a business doesn’t mean it will be a viable one.

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Soon enough the entire country will have access to this lightning fast internet.

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Google Fiber locked in new battle with Time Warner Cable - FierceIPTV

Google Fiber locked in new battle with Time Warner Cable - FierceIPTV | Google Fiber Optics | Scoop.it
Google complained to the FCC on Monday that Time Warner Cable has "backtracked" from agreeing to license its regional sports network, Metro Sports, to Google Fiber in Kansas City.
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Creating competition with other ISP's that it will likely win.

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