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Comments on news posted 2014-04-16 14:58:18: While Google has gotten a lot of PR mileage out of the idea that Google Fiber helps local businesses where it's deployed, the company doesn't actually offer Google Fiber for businesses. ..



TAZ

join:2014-01-03
Tucson, AZ
kudos:3

What do they want?

quote:
"Part of this is just figuring out what small businesses want in an Internet product and working with them to hopefully build a really great small business offering over the next few months,' Wandres said.
Hmm. I think they might want... an Internet connection?

What else is there to add?

amungus
Premium
join:2004-11-26
America
For sure. How about:
-an internet connection that's fast and stable
-a set of IP addresses - from a few to many
-pricing that doesn't suck
-no insane terms
-not be evil
-no direct ties to NSA (wishful thinking)

existenz

join:2014-02-12
kudos:2

Here's the questionnaire

Will be interesting to see what the terms are. And I would hope they don't use the same router as home fiber as it is not at all usable for SMBs/startups.

Here's the questionnaire..
»services.google.com/fb/forms/fib···usiness/

elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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Huh?

This isn't that hard.

The "startup-friendly workspaces" can do their real-estate play, and Google can wire them as MDU's, offering, like Sonic.Net's business-park installation, $40-per-desk network+phone service.

Servers? Those belong in Colo.

existenz

join:2014-02-12
kudos:2
The controlled pilot is probably just a way to start slowly and look at how active servers with many concurrent incoming users behave before opening to the floodgates to every SMB.


battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000
reply to TAZ

Re: What do they want?

They want a faster connection to people who use their "Free" products. The more crack they give the more metrics they can mine.
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I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.


TAZ

join:2014-01-03
Tucson, AZ
kudos:3
I'm talking about what small businesses supposedly want, besides an Internet connection. Not what Google wants.

WhatNow
Premium
join:2009-05-06
Charlotte, NC
Speed, fixed ip addresses, quick customer service for adding service and repair. They may want it in X hours. Those are the basics.


ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Brighton, MA
reply to amungus
doesn't matter if the ISP is "evil" or not. There will always be upstream providers that are capable of divulging "secret" information.
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A sane approach to our federal budget: Ignore the tea party


KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK
reply to TAZ
Tons of businesses now want server services where they are actually running on someone else's huge servers as VM's. IE they control them but don't have to maintain tons of hardware and IT specialists on their end, and pay someone else to provide the power.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

davidhoffman
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join:2009-11-19
Warner Robins, GA
kudos:3
reply to existenz

Re: Here's the questionnaire

Thanks for posting that information. I can see the situations in which the answers to those questions would be significant in determining how to structure the business service offerings, but in many cases I bet Google Fiber could have simply offered a non-SLA service at anywhere from 1 to 5 times the residential cost and had a bunch of takers. Yes, the residential gateway from Google would be limiting, but plenty of small businesses have been started with far less capable equipment and internet service. Google Fiber seems to have been far more timid than many startups are. I hope that the already built fiber optic network was built close enough to the many small businesses near the completed Fiberhoods. That would make it fairly easy to do the actually connections.

existenz

join:2014-02-12
kudos:2
I heard they do allow own router.

davidhoffman
Premium
join:2009-11-19
Warner Robins, GA
kudos:3
That is good. It would be quite messy to have to redo a network just to switch ISPs.