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Google Fiber: Why you need to get online 100 times faster

Google Fiber: Why you need to get online 100 times faster | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
I’ve seen the future.
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A good answer to the question "what could you do with a Gigabit Internet connection that you can't with a 10 Mb/s one?" Data heavy web applications run smoothly instead of chunkily...

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Los Angeles moves forward with proposal for free citywide broadband

Los Angeles moves forward with proposal for free citywide broadband | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
Los Angeles has been knocking about the idea of free citywide WiFi for several months, but now those thoughts have coalesced into something more (Los Angeles da bedava broadband bütçesi 5 milyar USD.
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Slow Broadband Internet Speeds Vex Nation's Schools | WSJ.com

Slow Broadband Internet Speeds Vex Nation's Schools | WSJ.com | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it

 

As public schools nationwide embrace instruction via iPads, laptops and other technologies, many are realizing they lack the necessary broadband speed to perform even simple functions. This is crimping classroom instruction as more teachers pull lesson plans off the Internet and use bandwidth-hungry programming such as video streaming and Skype.

 

An estimated 72% of public schools have connections that are too slow to take full advantage of digital learning, according to EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit that tests school broadband speeds and works to upgrade Internet access.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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In the Education Super Highway site http://www.educationsuperhighway.org/the-need-for-speed.html you can read the requirements deemed basic for connecting a school: a 100 Mb/s per 1k students now and 1Gb/s in 2017.

The organization tries to provide expertise to help schools to get it at a reasonable price to minimize impact on taxes. It claims that 80% of the schools do not get enough bandwith, but its first step is to really have an inventory of what is there available.

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Seattle kills Gigabit Squared's fiber internet rollout before it even starts

Seattle kills Gigabit Squared's fiber internet rollout before it even starts | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
We knew that Gigabit Squared's fiber-to-the-home rollout was facing money troubles, but it's now clear that those problems were just too much to bear.
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Seattle, has also been stranded by Gigabit Squared, but they don't seem to be looking for a replacement just yet.

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TIM Brasil serves up fiber-based broadband for SMEs - FierceTelecom

TIM Brasil serves up fiber-based broadband for SMEs - FierceTelecom | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
TIM Brasil serves up fiber-based broadband for SMEs FierceTelecom The service will be available in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Duque de Caxias, which are the same cities where TIM already offers its residential fiber to the home (FTTH) product...
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Another step in the battle for fiber in Brazil, that has a healthy contribution from all actors: Vivo, Oi, GVT and TIM.

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Time Warner Cable - Time Warner Cable Completes Acquisition Of Dukenet Communications

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It's a time of concentrating on your core business, and that allows Time Warner to get 14 Mm of fiber for 600M$, at around 43$ per m.

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Analysis Mason: "In Europe, fewer respondents with higher-speed connections intend to churn."

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From the sample pages: "In the European countries in our study, fewer respondents with higher-speed connections intend to churn. In the USA, a greater proportion of higher-speed customers intended to churn, but this could be because of the low take-up of high-speed services in the USA, which led to a small sample."

That Europeans with fiber have less intention to churn is not so surprising, given that there are few high speed offers, and may mean that the hundreds of millions of euros invested in FTTx deployments may pay off in the end.

More surprising to me is the loyalty of USA customers, relative to Europe.

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Map of Google Fiber deployments around Kansas

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Google keeps on adding in cities aroun Kansas, and you can follow his plans on-line. This is different from major operators, that keep this information as a trade secret... that means that Google does not fear competition, rather that they seek it.

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Opinion: America’s most underutilized resource? Plain old telephone poles. - The Washington Post

How the last generation of telecom tech is becoming next-gen Internet infrastructure (“[gigabit] fiber for every American [would be] about the cost of a mid-sized U.S.
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It is known in the industry that deploying fiber over telephone poles requires less investment but higher recurring costs. But how far can it go to cover rural investments? How much of the $800 billlion would be spent covering the last 10% of the population?

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Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world - CNET

Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world - CNET | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
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Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world
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Fast fiber-optic broadband spreads across developed world. Double-digit growth means high-speed fiber links are becoming more common in Europe and America.
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Good news as the fiber connectivity spreads around the world, with Japan, Korea, and the nordic countries leading the world.

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How two cities brought fiber to the home when the carriers couldn't - InfoWorld

How two cities brought fiber to the home when the carriers couldn't - InfoWorld | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
How two cities brought fiber to the home when the carriers couldn't InfoWorld Even so, they have more in common than cold winters: Both sport high-speed fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) networks built by local governments when privately owned carriers were...
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A comparison between the consolidate fiber deployment in Stockholm by the municipal authorities with a similar plan in Leverett, a Massachusetts town that will be available in a year.

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Tired of waiting for the South Side’s fabled fiber Internet, activists are taking action

Tired of waiting for the South Side’s fabled fiber Internet, activists are taking action | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
Two community groups say they will jump-start a delayed plan to roll out ultra-high-speed wireless Internet access to as many as 100,000 residents and 11,000 st
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Not all fiber projects get to the objective. Here we can see a failed project near Chicago University... But the neighbors are trying to fill the void.

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How Google provides superfast internet in US - Economic Times

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How Google provides superfast internet in US
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Google Fiber is a project by the tech giant, which provides internet at speeds of one gigabit per second, or fast enough to download a high-definition movie in a matter of seconds.
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A very visual summary of the deployment of fiber by Google. What got my attention was the $30 "construction fee", low enough not to be a barrier to sell but different from 0 to avoid later churn of people that just want to try but later will switch back to regular copper loops.

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Google | Project Link (fiber in Kampala)

Check out Google Project Link. Today, only 2.7 billion of the world's 7 billion people are connected to the Internet. Google is launching Project Link to bring faster, more reliable Internet to the places and people that need it.
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A curious development: Google is experimenting at a big scale: providing fiber in a regular city in Africa (1,6M people), to see what can happen. On a rough scale, from their map it seems that they are deploying on the order of magnitude of 200 km of backbone fiber, but is unclear if the project also includes access fiber (the most expensive, that can multiply by ten the cost of the experiment) or access would be done through cellular radio access. Also unclear is if they are going to build or reuse existing underground digging. Doing 200 km of overground fiber on poles can be as cheap as 20M€ but doing it underground can cost ten times more...

So the experiment is not too expensive (but not cheap as Africa incomes go), but the critical part is how much could the Kampala residents be able to expend in Internet access and what type of deployment that can pay... so probably the solution would be the to deploy fiber and see if it can work. And who else could do it?

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Ultrafast internet service launched by Vancouver startup - British Columbia - CBC News

Ultrafast internet service launched by Vancouver startup - British Columbia - CBC News | Rich in (optical) fiber | Scoop.it
A new Vancouver-based internet provider says it will be offering fibre internet at a speed of one gigabit per second — 60 times faster than the Canadian average — for a comparable price to that lumbering average connection.
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Riding on the popularity of Google Fiber, one startup (http://onegigabit.ca/) is trying to use FTTH with active Ethernet switches in basements to compete with FTTH/GPON established players like shaw (http://www.shaw.ca/internet/gigabit/).

There is a detailed description by its owner in reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/user/eric-onegigabit

 

 

 

 

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