Google today announced that the company has expanded Google Fiber business-class service into Provo, Utah and additional markets in Kansas City. According to a Google Fiber blog post, customers in available markets can now head here to sign up for the $100 per month service. Google Fiber launched business class service in November of last year, after taking a little heat from startups running into the residential Google Fiber terms of service regarding server operation.
Lafayette Louisiana's LUS Fiber faced very sleazy efforts by Cox and BellSouth years ago when trying to launch; efforts that went so far as the two companies hiring push pollsters to try and tell locals taxpayer money would be used to fund pornography. Some pollsters even tried to tell locals that if they approved the municipal broadband project, the government would restrict their television watching to just a few days a week.
1 Gbps has of course been the marketing buzzword du jour for the last year, companies offering a smattering of 1 Gbps connections to developments -- then heavily marketing them to give the impression of significantly larger upgrades. Cincinnati Bell is no exception, the company late last year launching their own "FiOptics" 1 Gbps offering for $90 a month.
Unlike many companies (who hide deployment totals to give the impression of greater rollouts) Cincinnati Bell is specific about how many homes the service reaches: around 335,000 (or roughly 40%) of homes and businesses in and around greater Cincinnati.
quote:"The completion of the wireless transaction and our strategy for monetizing Cyrus One has increased operational and capital flexibility and also provides us with the ability to focus on our fiber investments," Torbeck said. "Our Fioptics suite of products is currently available to 40 percent of greater Cincinnati and we plan to expand that coverage to 70-80 percent over the next few years."
In 2015, the company says it will spend between $80 million and $85 million to pass another 100,000 homes with the speedy service.
Last month Google officially announced that the company would be expanding Google Fiber into Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, Atlanta, and Nashville. While it will be some time before users see actual connections in these cities, Charlotte took its first steps toward Google Fiber deployment by striking a 20 year lease with Google for the placement of 1,400 square foot "fiber huts" (at around $2 per square foot over the life of the deal) to be scattered around the city. The huts will connect some 6,000 miles of fiber optic cables Google intends to deploy in Charlotte over the next two years.
AT&T says they're finally bringing their faster 1 Gbps "GigaPower" service to portions of Kansas City. According to an AT&T press release, the company will initially offer the faster speeds in portions of Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park, with plans to ultimately expand to Independence and Shawnee.
Last summer, Wilson, North Carolina and Chattanooga Tennessee petitioned the FCC for help bypassing protectionist laws written and passed in those states by incumbent ISPs designed for one thing: to protect the uncompetitive broadband market. Earlier this month the FCC finally stated they'd be taking aim at overturning these restrictive laws, a frontal assault in North Carolina and Tennessee being the opening salvo in overturning the 20 similar laws passed nationwide.
Back in August Centurylink announced that the company would be offering 1 Gbps service in portions of Denver, though the company refused to say how many subscribers would see the service, or just what neighborhoods would get the upgrades. In recent weeks they've started offering more detail, stating they're offering the service in sixteen neighborhoods in the Denver "city core."
CenturyLink is offering the 1 Gbps service for $151.95 a month with a two year commitment, or $124 a month when ordered with CenturyLink landline phone services. The specific neighborhoods, according to CenturyLink:
quote:Gigbit speeds are currently being offered in the Baker, Bonnie Brae, Belcaro, Cole, Congress Park, Corey Merrill, Overland, Park Hill, Platt Park, Rosedale, Stapleton, Washington Park East, Washington Park West, University, University Park and Villa Park neighborhoods, CenturyLink said.
The ISP's primarily focused on higher end housing developments where fiber's already in the ground and deployment costs are low. The company still isn't stating how many subscribers can get, or have signed up for, the faster service.
Last Friday we reported how indications are that Google was getting ready to announce new Google Fiber build locations in Charlotte and Raleigh. Now additional reports suggest that up to four new Google Fiber cities may be announced as soon as tomorrow.
Senator John Thune and Representative Fred Upton are spearheading a new attempt to pass weak net neutrality rules before the FCC can vote to craft tougher, Title II based rules on February 26. The press is being incredibly polite about this effort, often painting it as an honest, bipartisan solution to net neutrality from two gentlemen that have changed their tune.
Back in July the FCC stated that they'd be responding to complaints from two municipal broadband projects (in Chattanooga, Tennessee and in Wilson, North Carolina) about state laws written by regional incumbent ISPs that restrict them from expanding. The FCC said it would look at its authority to ensure broadband is deployed in a "reasonable and timely manner" to potentially strip out parts of these laws that erode local rights to make their own choices on broadband.
Pushing the marketing mania over gigabit speeds to new heights, Minnesota-based US Internet this week announced that the company would begin offering 10 Gbps speeds to residential and business customers. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the company will begin offering the 10 Gbps offering in portions of Southwest Minneapolis starting this week. The company says they'll be offering the ultra-fast speed tier at a price point of $400 per month, though only if you're one of the company's 30,000 locations served in the city. The company's 1 Gbps service currently costs $65 a month, while their 100 Mbps service is $47 a month.
1 Gbps has of course been the marketing buzzword du jour this year, companies offering a smattering of 1 Gbps connections to developments -- then heavily marketing them to give the impression of significantly larger upgrades. Cincinnati Bell is no exception, the company late this year launching their own "FiOptics" 1 Gbps offering for $90 a month.
Last week Google unveiled pricing for Google Fiber in Austin, and this week the company began taking the first sign ups for neighborhood deployments, as their "fiberhood" process gets underway. According to a Google blog post, interested Austinites in the South and Southeast areas of the city can head here to plug in their information and support their neighborhood as an initial build candidate.
AT&T has had their wrist slapped by the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau for not being entirely honest when it comes to the availability of the company's 45 Mbps U-Verse tier. While AT&T started offering a 45 Mbps U-Verse tier last year, as we noted at the time it's not available to all U-Verse subscribers, depending on your loop length, the availability of an extra copper pair, or the quality of local copper.
Google Fiber has come out with a little more build out and pricing details for their deployment in Austin. According to a Google website update, the company confirms that Austin users will have three options at sign up, those options largely matching what we've seen in previous deployments in both Kansas City and Provo, Utah.
Not only was Kansas City the first market to get Google Fiber's symmetrical 1 Gbps service, but a smattering of competitors are responding by offering similar (or better) options. A company by the name of Consolidated Communications this week announced that they'll soon be offering everyone within range of their fiber footprint symmetrical 1 Gbps connections for $70 a month with no installation or other fees.