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by Karl Bode 08:21AM Wednesday Apr 23 2014
The idea of broadband by sewer has been floated several times over the years, and was even the subject of a very amusing Google April Fool's joke a few years back. But user nightdesigns See Profile directs our attention to the fact that a London-based company is still pushing the broadband by sewer design, and hopes to use their technology to offer 1 Gbps service to several California communities:
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Last week, the P.G. City Council approved developing and licensing agreements with SiFi Networks to build a fiber-optic network alongside nearly every P.G. address. The system will involve both overhead infrastructure and SiFi's patented "wastewater fiber technology" (WFT), which runs fiber cables through existing sewer networks.
There's few specifics offered either in the story or over at the SiFi Networks website. Robotics has been key in a few of these sewer-based approaches.

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by Karl Bode 02:11PM Monday Apr 21 2014
AT&T today announced that the company is "eyeing" 100 potential target cities as locations they may deploy faster 1 Gbps "Gigapower" service. According to the company's press release, this "major initiative" will target 100 "candidate cities and municipalities" across 21 metropolitan areas nationwide.
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by Karl Bode 01:23PM Thursday Apr 17 2014
Back in February Google announced they were working with thirty-four new cities in nine regions on making it easier for those locations to see Google Fiber deployed. While not all of those cities will receive Google Fiber, the company announced they'd be working with all of the cities to help expedite the arrival of faster broadband services -- whether it's courtesy of Google Fiber, somebody else, or the city itself.
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by Karl Bode 08:27AM Monday Apr 07 2014
After announcing they'd be offering 1 Gbps on the heels of Google Fiber in Autsin, AT&T stated the company would also be expanding the faster service to Dallas, though in neither instance did the company give hard numbers on how many users would receive the ultra-fast service. Now San Antonio radio 1200 WOAI states AT&T is "eyeing" San Antonio for possible expansion of the Gigapower service, though again without getting too specific about how many customers we're actually talking about:
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At next week's City Council meeting, council will consider granting AT&T the same deal that Google was granted last month, the right to use city property, mainly exiting police and fire stations and libraries, to erect 'prefabricated communications equipment shelters' and to string fiber along existing city rights of way.
Google's recent deal with San Antonio only lays the groundwork for the potential placement of fiber huts; there's no guarantee San Antonio actually sees Google Fiber service. AT&T's promise seems similarly ambiguous in nature; AT&T's core concern is to manage the perception that they're not being outperformed in their core industry in their home state by a search engine company -- even if they are.

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by Karl Bode 10:14AM Friday Apr 04 2014
Back in February we noted that Google Fiber had announced they were working with thirty-four new cities in nine regions on making it easier for those locations to see fiber broadband deployed. While not all of those cities will receive Google Fiber, the company announced they'd be working with all of the cities to help expedite the arrival of faster broadband services -- whether it's courtesy of Google Fiber, somebody else, or the city itself.
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by Karl Bode 10:32AM Friday Mar 28 2014
Back in 2008 Verizon negotiated a closed-door agreement with NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg that agreed to wire all five boroughs with FiOS by June of 2014 -- sort of. Fine print in the deal allowed Verizon to back away from that promise if they pay a few small fines and/or aren't seeing the kind of TV subscriber uptake they'd like.
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by Karl Bode 06:16PM Tuesday Mar 25 2014
As Google Fiber gets ready to launch in Provo, Utah, the company is staggering deployment of the 1 Gbps service across 7 different "fiberhoods." This week the company took to their blog to announce sign up deadlines for the final four fiberhoods: Grandview, North Provo, Southeast Provo, and Foothills. "If you miss your deadline, we don’t currently have plans to reopen signups for Fiber in the future — so it’s important that you sign up now," Google Fiber Provo Head of Operations John Richards states in a blog post. Interested users should head to Google's website and sign up now.

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by Karl Bode 07:56AM Friday Mar 21 2014
Ever eager to piggyback on the huge public relations wave created by Google Fiber, there has been an endless stream of companies now promising 1 Gbps connections, including C Spire, AT&T, CenturyLink, GCI. That renewed focus on infrastructure improvement is a great thing, even if some of these announcements tend to be ambiguous fiber to the press release (more about PR showmanship than serious deployment on any substantive scale).
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by Karl Bode 08:43AM Wednesday Mar 19 2014
Years ago, Verizon struggled with stuffing traditional, inflexible fiber through all the nooks and corners of apartment complexes. As such, more than five years ago they partnered with Corning to produce bendable fiber, which they've since been using for apartment complex (MDU) and other close quarter installs.

Now Verizon says they've taken things a step further, and have worked with Samsung to develop an "undressed fiber" technology they're dubbing "magic wire." The telco says magic wire is a polymer-coated bendable fiber technology that allows the near-invisible install of fiber lines throughout apartments (most FiOS homes will continue to use existing coaxial cable).

This new magic wire technology is currently being used in the NY market, but should expand in time, notes the company.

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by Karl Bode 09:44AM Friday Mar 14 2014
Last month we noted that Google Fiber had announced they were working with thirty-four new cities in nine regions on making it easier for those locations to see fiber broadband deployed. While not all of those cities will receive Google Fiber, the company announced they'd be working with all of the cities to help expedite the arrival of faster broadband services -- whether it's courtesy of Google Fiber, somebody else, or the city itself.
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by Karl Bode 09:40AM Wednesday Mar 12 2014
Outside of large city franchise obligations, Verizon's FiOS deployment has been frozen for several years as the company seeks to recoup its investment -- mostly through an endless slate of rate hikes on TV and broadband services. Speaking this week to investors, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo stated that the company might someday push FiOS further, but it's not happening anytime soon. "I am not going to build beyond the current LSAs that we have built out," Shammo said. "We have to generate more cash within the wireline business and once we do that and I feel that FiOS has returned its cost of capital, then we can look at expansion, but at this point we're happy with what we have."

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by Karl Bode 02:26PM Friday Mar 07 2014
Verizon today announced a new promotion that delivers new savings for users willing to bundle FiOS with Verizon Wireless service. According to a company announcement, the new promotion, dubbed Double Up, can save customers who buy both FiOS and wireless services $20 per month ($480 over two years).
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by Karl Bode 02:45PM Tuesday Mar 04 2014
Late last month we noted how Google Fiber had announced they were working with 34 cities in nine regions on how to best prepare themselves for faster fiber broadband. While the press generally misread the announcement as saying that these cities would be getting Google Fiber, it seems like only one or two actually will by the time this new initiative is over.
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by Karl Bode 07:46AM Monday Mar 03 2014
The other day we noted how Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam insisted that the "most important" thing that people needed to understand when talking about net neutrality was that heavy users should pay Verizon more. As we noted at the time, the idea that heavy users must pay more -- or that there's some kind of pay inequity in place despite the fact that everybody pays a lot for bandwidth already -- is the cornerstone of justifying low usage caps and per-byte fees, which until now aren't being imposed on FiOS.
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by Karl Bode 04:10PM Monday Feb 24 2014
Responding to Google Fiber's offer of symmetrical 1 Gbps lines for $70, add Verizon to the list of companies who don't think you need that speed (or, more importantly, that price) right now. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam didn't mention FiOS's frozen expansion, but he did suggest that the 300 and 500 Mbps currently offered by the telco was enough until something comes along that can really demand that kind of connectivity.
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by Karl Bode 04:15PM Thursday Feb 20 2014
As we've recently noted, Austin is starting to resemble the kind of competitive market most of us only dream about. Thanks to Google Fiber, AT&T is now planning to offer $70, 1 Gbps connections in the city -- recently joined by Grande Communications, who says they too will offer 1 Gbps lines for $65 a month.
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by Karl Bode 08:42AM Wednesday Feb 12 2014
Back in January of 2011 Verizon proudly unveiled their creatively-named Home Monitoring and Control home automation service, launching the service later that same year with a $10 monthly fee for Verizon customers. Several years later and Verizon has quietly killed off the service, though they're letting existing customer continue to use the platform.
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by Karl Bode 12:36PM Friday Feb 07 2014
Verizon recently has been backing away from FiOS promotions with a dedicated focus on raising user rates and fees, but today bucked that trend slightly by announcing a new two-year FiOS price lock guarantee for new users. According to a company announcement, new customers who order FiOS Internet, TV and voice service before April 19 can get locked into a fixed price for two years.
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by Karl Bode 10:23AM Wednesday Jan 29 2014
Akamai has released the company's latest State of the Internet Report, which now tracks everything from average broadband speeds to IPv6 adoption by tracking the millions of users who traverse the Akamai network annually. According to the latest data, there was a global 29 percent speed increase.
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by Karl Bode 09:00AM Tuesday Jan 21 2014
Verizon has released the company's fourth quarter earnings, which indicate that big red posted a net income of $7.9 billion on revenues of $31.02 billion. As always most of that money came courtesy of wireless, where Verizon added 1.7 million retail connections (including tablets and other devices) for a grand total of 102.8 million retail connections -- most of them now under Verizon's pricey shared data plans. On the wireline side, Verizon added 126,000 net FiOS broadband lines and 92,000 net TV subscribers for 6.1 million FiOS broadband and 5.3 million Fios TV customers. 46% of users subscribe to 50 Mbps or higher speeds. DSL defections resulted in a net gain of just 20,000 broadband customers.

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