What do they want?
"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?
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)
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..
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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.
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.
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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.
I do not, have not, and will not work for AT&T/Comcast/Verizon/Charter or similar sized company.
I'm talking about what small businesses supposedly want, besides an Internet connection. Not what Google wants.
Speed, fixed ip addresses, quick customer service for adding service and repair. They may want it in X hours. Those are the basics.
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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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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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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.
I heard they do allow own router.
That is good. It would be quite messy to have to redo a network just to switch ISPs.