Google Fiber Mixes Things Up, Drops Gigabit Pricing to $55, Adds OTT Bundle and Wi-Fi

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Never afraid to mix things up with the ever-changing Google Fiber model, Google has picked its San Antonio launch to introduce several new changes. For starters, Google Fiber’s gigabit pricing has been reduced to $55/month, down from $70 in its other markets. “There’s no installation...Learn More

Fastest Average U.S. Download Speeds by Carrier: Upstarts, Cable, Fios Top BroadbandNow List

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Stealth Communications, a competitive carrier providing service to businesses in New York City, offers the fastest average download speeds of the top 40 carriers in the U.S., according to new research from BroadbandNow, a company formed to fill in gaps left behind when the government...Learn More

Municipal Gigabit 2.0? San Francisco, Seattle Consider Increased City Investment

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Could this be Municipal Gigabit 2.0? Two West coast cities, San Francisco and Seattle, are exploring new models for bringing ubiquitous gigabit to their constituents – models that would entail a higher level of city investment. Big city gigabit rollouts to date have been achieved...Learn More

ABI: Internet Giants Striking Out with Broadband Access Projects

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Despite investing billions of dollars, Internet giants like Google and Facebook don’t have much to show for their broadband access projects, according to analysis from ABI Research. ABI estimates that $2.5 billion was invested in 2016 from the likes of Google and Facebook for last...Learn More

Report: Google Missed Deadlines and Other Challenges Lead Some to Question Google Gigabit Value

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Google failed to deploy gigabit internet and video service to parts of the Kansas City metro area in the timeframe it promised, according to a report published by local media outlet Kansas City Star. According to the report, the Kansas Corporation Commission confirmed that Google...Learn More

Pole Attachment Ruling Upholds One Touch Make Ready, A (Temporary?) Win for Google Fiber

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A federal judge has upheld a Louisville “One Touch Make Ready” law that allows a communications service provider to hire a contractor to move another service provider’s equipment when installing new equipment on a utility pole. The pole attachment ruling came in response to a...Learn More

Google Fiber Loses Second CEO in Less Than a Year

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More tough times at Google Fiber as Alphabet Access (parent of Google Fiber) CEO Gregory McCray has stepped down after only five months on the job. McCray was hired after a short stint by Craig Barret. These leadership changes come during a somewhat tumultuous time...Learn More

Google Fiber Taps Webpass for Gigabit Fixed Wireless Expansion to Seattle

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Google Fiber-owned Webpass is installing its first wireless symmetric gigabit Internet service in Seattle, management announced. The gigabit fixed wireless roll out, being carried out at a 40-story, 146-unit luxury condominium tower across from the world famous Pike Place Market, will mark the seventh market...Learn More

Google Fiber Video Rates Just Got Bumped by 33%

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Even almighty Google is not immune to the skyrocketing costs of video programming, with news last week that Google Fiber video rates will rise by about one third. New customers to Google’s double play of gigabit broadband and video will now pay $160 per month,...Learn More

Google Fiber is Back….But How?

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After a high profile pause, Google fiber is back and its next target market is Louisville, Kentucky, according to Louisville mayor Greg Fischer. What’s not clear though, is how Google fiber intends to serve Louisville – through FTTP, fixed wireless, or some combination of both....Learn More

Angie Communications Wants to Finish What Google Fiber Started And More With Ambitious Gigabit Plan

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Angie Communications, which calls itself the world’s largest telecom startup, has ambitious gigabit plans – including bringing Angie gigabit service to several markets that Google Fiber planned to serve but later halted and to 87 other markets. Angie has a unique business model that will...Learn More

Kansas City Smart City Initiatives Yields Benefits

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The first compilation of Kansas City Smart City data was released yesterday. Sharing the data and information with 18 other cities, five federal agencies and two other countries, Smart City project leaders explain how strategic use of Big Data analysis is helping KC improve commonly...Learn More

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