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CenturyLink expands its gigabit service to 16 cities, delivering broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second | MyHostNews

CenturyLink expands its gigabit service to 16 cities, delivering broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second | MyHostNews | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
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CenturyLink press release on its FTTH, 1 Gig plans

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CenturyLink plans broader fiber rollout, gigabit speeds, in Portland neighborhoods

CenturyLink plans broader fiber rollout, gigabit speeds, in Portland neighborhoods | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
The drive toward fiber reflects the Internet's growing role in every day life for web surfing, games, radio, music streaming -- and especially for video.
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This article about CenturyLink's plans to bring FTTH 1 Gig service to Portland, Oregon, implies that the telcos have no choice but to go into the FTTH business in view of the precipitous decline in their core business (landline phone service). This dynamic is less true for AT&T and Verizon, which have shifted their focus to wireless service and therefore have alternatives to wired broadband service. There's danger for cities like Portland, however, as they agree to drop basic build-out requirements and PEG fees to induce uncertain commitments from Google (Portland is one of the 9 areas targeted by Google for possible FTTH deployment) and then must extend the same sweet deal to the CenturyLinks of the world and presumably Comcast in the end.

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Verizon New York's Multiple Financial Books Reveal "Black Hole Revenues".

Verizon New York's Multiple Financial Books Reveal "Black Hole Revenues". | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
"Follow the Money" Trail of Verizon's Affiliates Exposes a Financial Shell Game.

Part VII in the series based on the new report "It's All Interconnected".

In Part VI we went through a communications bill with local, long distanc...
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An analysis of Verizon's revenues and expenses in NYS for 2009 shows that broadband is essentially a free rider, with telephone ratepayers paying virtually all costs for the wireline network used to deliver broadband service to New York state customers. The lack of data in NYS since 2009 and for other states suggests that public service commissions are playing a close-to-non-existent role in protecting the consumer . . 

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Boulder seeks authority to create citywide broadband network

Boulder seeks authority to create citywide broadband network | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
Boulder may ask voters to give the city the authority to provide its own high-speed Internet and telecommunications services. In a memo to the City Council, Boulder officials asked that a ballot measure "affirming" the city's right to offer such services be placed on the November ballot.
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A ridiculous Colorado law requires the city of Boulder to hold a referendum before it can even enter into a public-private partnership with a private provider like Google to develop the city's 100 miles of fiber into a fully functioning network and provide service to community residents. Yet more evidence that a significant percentage of state legislatures are wholly owned subsidiaries of corporate America and will do whatever their corporate masters ask when it comes to protecting the vested interests of existing stakeholders.  Hope the FCC has the chops to preempt these blatantly anti-competitive state laws that limit the value of public assets and that are in conflict with pro-competition federal laws. 

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The Shadow Internet That’s 100 Times Faster Than Google Fiber | Enterprise | WIRED

The Shadow Internet That’s 100 Times Faster Than Google Fiber | Enterprise | WIRED | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
When Google chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said the tech giant might bring 10 gigabits per second internet connections to American homes, it seemed like science fiction. That’s about 1,000 times faster than today’s home connections. But for NASA, it’s downright slow.
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The federal government has assembled a fiber network, using lines and equipment provided by private providers, that can transmit data across the country at speeds as fast as 91 Gig. The network, the Energy Science Network (ESnet), is used to carry massive amounts of data generated by NASA and other data intensive projects like the Human Genome Project. It is run by the US Department of Energy.

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AT&T trumps Google with first gigabit internet in Raleigh - Charlotte Business Journal

AT&T trumps Google with first gigabit internet in Raleigh - Charlotte Business Journal | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
It's official: Raleigh is getting fiber Internet — with or without Google Fiber. The city has ratified an agreement with AT&T to bring in its ultra-fast GigaPower service to North Carolina's capital city.
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Business publications really do just regurgitate company press releases. From this article, one would think that AT&T actually is providing 1 Gig service in Raleigh. Read the text of the agreement -- [lease. The agreement is just a bunch of aspirational statements with no actual binding commitment on AT&T's part to provide 1 Gig service in Raleigh. And of course A&T's equipment suppliers have yet to develop the equipment required to provide 1 Gig service over AT&T's U-verse network.

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Two companies could bring fiber Internet to Louisville homes

Two companies could bring fiber Internet to Louisville homes | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
A British company is considering building a fiber-optic network that would provide super-fast Internet connections throughout the old City of Louisville. The proposal is one of three new franchises recommended by Mayor Greg Fischer’s administration.
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Louisville, Kentucky, attracts two interesting proposal for the deployment of new fiber networks. One would be provide an open access Internet-only network that would offer 100 mbps service in the old portion of the city. The network provider would be London-based SiFi Networks and would contract with  third party to operate the network and provide service. The other would be a local company (BlueGrass.Net) that would wire three neighborhoods on a pilot test basis.

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Will Utah cities OK Australia company’s takeover of UTOPIA?

Will Utah cities OK Australia company’s takeover of UTOPIA? | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
One way or another, June will be a historic month for Utah’s biggest experiment with what is called “municipal broadband.” Eleven Wasatch Front cities involved in a project called UTOPIA have the next four weeks to opt in or out of an Australian investment company’s plan to take over, finish and operate their struggling high-speed fiber-optic network for them, in exchange for a share of its profits. Officials from Brigham ...
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The 11 Utah cities that comprise UTOPIA have begun the process of deciding whether to opt into infrastructure giant Macquarrie's plan to take over and complete UTOPIA's unfinished FTTH network. Macquarrie would complete and operate the system and share profits with each of the 11 cities while the 11 cities would retain ownership of the network. However, each household in each participating community would be required to pay an $18-$20/month "availability" fee and be entitled to 3 mbps at no extra charge. The monthly availability fee is controversial although two of the 11 communities have already give the initial green light to the project (Macquarrie will complete a business plan for each community, with a final decision to go with Macquarrie to be made by the end of the year). Macquarrie is an Australia-based infrastructure giant that has specialized primarily in public-private partnerships in the transportation area.

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Chanute aims to provide speedy Internet service to all homes, businesses in town | Wichita Eagle

Chanute aims to provide speedy Internet service to all homes, businesses in town | Wichita Eagle | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
At ground level, Chanute looks pretty much like most small Kansas towns – historic brick City Hall, antique shops downtown, beans and ham at the Grain Bin diner and pickup trucks everywhere.
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The town of Chanute, Kansas, moves toward final approval of a 1 Gig FTTH system to be run by its electric utility. The vote is scheduled for June 9, the estimated cost of the system is $13.5 million, and the planned price for 1 Gig service is $40/month. A few months ago, Chanute beat back efforts by the Kansas state legislation (orchestrated by the Kansas cable association) to block municipal broadband in Kansas . .

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Newer areas of Brentwood to get super fast Internet service

Newer areas of Brentwood to get super fast Internet service | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
Some 8,000 homes along with businesses that moved into commercial areas built since 1999 will be able to sign up for the gigabit service within 15 months; the city will be first in Bay Area to offer gigabit service to both residents and businesses.
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Post-1999 areas of Brentwood to get 1 Gig service to be provided by Sonic Telecom. This is the pay-off from a visionary municipal policy put in place 15 or so years ago requiring developers to install empty conduit in all new developments and to turn them offer to the city.  The monthly fee for both 1 Gig and phone service will be $39.95. -- this mis likely the lowest price for 1 Gig service in the US.

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Verizon Has Installed 17,000 miles of Fiber-Optic Infrastructure in New York City

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Verizon has installed 17,000 miles of fiber optics in New York City, making NYC the most fiberized big city in the United States. Maximum download speeds are 500 mbps while maximum upload speeds are 100 mbps -- not 1 Gig service but still nice and fast. Innovative installation techniques like mirctrenching were reduced to reduce Verizon's costs.

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Verizon led massive astroturf campaign to end NJ broadband obligation

Verizon led massive astroturf campaign to end NJ broadband obligation | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
Some Verizon "supporters" had no idea e-mails were sent on their behalf.
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The NJ Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is considering the approval of a laughably bad settlement that would relieve Verizon of the obligation it accepted in 1993 to wire the entire state for broadband service in exchange for rate flexibility in an agreement known as "Opportunity New Jersey." Having enjoyed the benefit of the extra revenue produced by the 1993 deal (some analyst say the Verizon gained billions of additional revenues), Verizon now seeks to "settle" a case about its noncompliance with its 1993 by being absolved of the obligation to provide service throughout the state.  It's a sweet deal for Verizon and a screw job for New Jersey residents. Likely appointees of NYJ Governor Chris Christie at work at the NJ BPU . . 

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AT&T Explores Expansion of Super-Fast Internet

AT&T Explores Expansion of Super-Fast Internet | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
AT&T said that the number of markets beyond its initial four will partially depend on assessments of potential demand
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AP happily embraces AT&T's fiber-by-press release propaganda, showing little to no awareness of what is actually happening in the field. And misses the fact that the $70 price comes with the condition that the subscriber agree to be bombarded with targeted ads.

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The competition for high-speed fiber optic Internet is escalating in 13 cities

The competition for high-speed fiber optic Internet is escalating in 13 cities | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
CenturyLink is adding gigabit speeds to Denver, Portland, Seattle and a handful of others.
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The cities that CenturyLink has targeted for FTTH deployment are: Seattle, Portland, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Orlando, and Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo.  

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Faster, cheaper, better broadband in Baltimore [Commentary]

Faster, cheaper, better broadband in Baltimore [Commentary] | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
There is a monopoly for fast Internet services in Baltimore City. As a consequence, a new Comcast customer can pay as much as $1,000 more over two years for standard "triple-play" service (telephone, Internet and cable television) than would a new customer in Annapolis , where competition exists. And the fastest Internet speed offered by Comcast in Baltimore is only one-third of what is currently available in Annapolis and most of the state.
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Baltimore Broadband Campaign formed to try to improve speed and price of broadband service in Baltimore, which has slower and more expensive service than nearby communities such as Annapolis. However, the group's game plan is a tad on the murky and unfocused side.

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Letter to Chairman Wheeler from Mayor of Wilson, NC Re: Importance of Local Choice | CLIC

Letter to Chairman Wheeler from Mayor of Wilson, NC Re: Importance of Local Choice | CLIC | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
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Great letter from Bruce Rose, the mayor of Wilson, N.C., to Tom Wheeler, the chair of the FCC, on the constraints imposed by NC law on the ability of Wilson to expand it state-of-the-art broadband infrastructure into nearby underserved rural counties. The FCC, under Wheeler's leadership, is looking at preempting state laws such as the NC law (enacted in 2011) that barred most new municipal broadband operations in NC and imposed severe limits on the ability of existing municipal systems (like Wilson's 1 Gig FTTH system) to expand their service territories. The Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) is a new organization dedicated to enhancing the ability of local governments to make their own choices with regard to broadband infrastructure, whether by deploying their own broadband systems or developing new broadband systems in partnership with private sector entities.

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AT&T makes the same promises every time it buys a new company

AT&T makes the same promises every time it buys a new company | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
AT&T: Everyone will get broadband after DirecTV buy—and this time, we mean it.
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Arstechnica explores the history of AT&T's promises to regulators and finds that AT&T generally has fallen short of those commitments, typically made in the context of securing government approval of a merger or an acquisition. Also noteworthy is that AT&T has represented that it will not make 2 million "additional" FTTH connections unless the federal government approves its proposed acquisition of DirecTV. The excuses have already been made in advance to justify a decision by AT&T not to fiber much of the RTP area . .  . . 

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C Spire celebrates start of construction in Starkville for 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home initiative offering 100 times faster consumer broadband Internet access | Business Wire

C Spire celebrates start of construction in Starkville for 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home initiative offering 100 times faster consumer broadband Internet access | Business Wire | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
Starkville, named after Revolutionary War hero Gen. John Stark, is on the cusp of its own 21st century technology revolution that promises to transfor
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C Spire begins construction in a third Mississippi community (Starkville) on its FTTH 1 Gg network. The jury is still out on this one until service is actually activated but this development is promising.

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Gainesville will soon become a

Gainesville will soon become a | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
GAINESVILLE, TX - City Council approved a measure that would place a fiber optic ring around the city, in hopes of not only increasing the city's efficiency, but they also believe it would be a big boost to economic development.
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Gainesville, Texas, thinks that it can become a gigabit community by installing a fiber ring connecting municipal and other public buildings.

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It's All Interconnected. - New Networks

It's All Interconnected. - New Networks | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
  New Report: It’s All Interconnected  PRESS RELEASE AND SUMMARY Read the Report Executive Summary Public Utility Law Project White Paper New Networks White Paper Contact: Gerald Norlander, Esq. Public Utility Law Project Bruce Kushnick, New Networks David Bergmann, Telecom Policy Consulting    
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Great report by Bruce Kushnick (New Networks) detailing the extent to which POTS subscribers in NYS have underwritten the deployment of Verizon's FIOS network through escalating rates for POTS and ancillary services that were approved by the NY State Public Service Commission (PSC) and justified on the basis of underwriting the cost of Verizon's deployment of fiber. Verizon keeps multiple books, showing mega-losses to the NY PSC and substantial profits to the SEC.

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C Spire Celebrates Start of Construction in Quitman for 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home Initiative Offering 100 Times Faster Consumer Broadband Internet Access | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

C Spire Celebrates Start of Construction in Quitman for 1 Gbps Fiber to the Home Initiative Offering 100 Times Faster Consumer Broadband Internet Access | Virtual-Strategy Magazine | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
Only statewide 1 Gig ultra-fast consumer broadband initiative in the
U.S. promises to boost home values, attract high-tech investment and new
jobs | Virtual Strategy Magazine is an online publication devoted entirely to virtualization technologies.
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C Spire to start deploying FTTH 1 Gig service in Quitman, Mississippi, the first Mississippi city to qualify the entire community for C Spire's new service offering, which will be made available to residents at prices similar to those charged by Google Fiber ($70/month for 1 Gig service, $120/month for video + 1 Gig service, etc).

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AT&T's GigaPower plans turn privacy into a luxury that few would choose

AT&T's GigaPower plans turn privacy into a luxury that few would choose | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
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.
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AT&T is charging customers an extra $62 to avoid AT&T monitoring and targeted ads in Austin for the Gigapower service (now 300 mbps) plus video. Most customers are signing away their privacy because of the price differential and difficulties in finding the more secure service package.  

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Tech: What's a Google Fiber Hut? - CaryCitizen

Tech: What's a Google Fiber Hut? - CaryCitizen | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
Last week, Cary Town Council agreed to allow half a dozen Google Fiber Huts to be deployed across the community. But what does a Google Fiber Hut look like?
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Google has managed to come up with a very unattractive design for the "fiber huts" for its 1 Gig network  The fiber huts house network electronics, with each serving an area of about 20,000 homes, and are generally located on municipal land. Really, Google, is that the best your brainiacs could do???

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AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition

AT&T Has Approached DirecTV About Possible Acquisition | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
AT&T has approached DirecTV about a possible acquisition of the satellite-TV firm, say people familiar with the situation, the latest sign of a possible shakeup in the television industry.
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AT&T is looking to acquire DirecTV and its 20 million video customers in order to better respond to the competitive threat posed by the possible Comcast-TWC merger. Consummation of an AT&T-DirecTV  merger would require a business plan much different from the one implicit in the recent noise made by AT&T in the Raleigh-Durham and Austin areas about building FTTH networks that enhance and expand its existing U-verse networks. Hard to square those plans with taking over DirecTV, which  would be in direct competition with AT&T's U-verse TV product.

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It's mission accomplished for Google's Fiber roll out

It's mission accomplished for Google's Fiber roll out | Broadband Ubiquity | Scoop.it
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.
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Gigaom gets it wrong in concluding that Google has accomplished its goal of spreading FTTH to more cities. What Google has done is trigger a national conversation about jumping to the next generation of broadband speed but whether that conversation produces actual results remains to be seen. Right now, we are looking at a small number of Google gig subscribers in the two Kansas Cities and in Provo, Utah. AT&T provides 300 mbps in a few neighborhoods in Austin, Texas. That's about it in terms of actual deployment of 1 Gig service except for in a handful of markets served by municipal systems. 

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