If Verizon can raise speed tiers before Google can launch 1gbit FTTH then it's a strike against google's rep... the deadline is ~June 18..
push it back and risk losing a good reputation for acutally following through on promises...
initial launches of Android had to be pushed back due to debugging of adobe flash.. another fiasco like this and we can officially say Google is the new Microsoft... screwing things up with customers as guinea pigs..
Is Verizon FiOS offered in Kansas City, MO or Kansas City, KS? My research showed Time Warner and Century Link.
I doubt Google would choose Kansas City KS for the Google Gigabit project if Verizon FiOS was offered there. The local cable companies have vowed to deploy fully capable DOCSIS 3.0 systems to compete with the Gigabit Project. At best that would get them 300Mbps download and 100Mbps upload using a bonded 8 channel downstream/4 channel upstream modem that is readily available. Not exactly equal to 1000Mbps download/1000Mbps upload FTTH.
kansas city Mo has AT&T time Warner cable. and century link in Harrisionville MO. I lived there before I moved here.
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This is more about reputation than what telco & cableco offer.. Google billed themselves big press releases saying this will happen and now it seems like more delays & problems are cropping up.
Once google gets their foot in the door as a last mile ISP, this can potentially grow. IIRC, they will charge for the gigabit and offer only 100/100 service for free. The rollout itself was 'free of charge' and not a significant factor in what they charge for gigabit. Some delays might be for installing wireless video transmission equipment too. Even at a 20:1 ratio of price- gigbit would crush anything a telco & cableco would offer. Verizon will release 300mbit downstream tier in June..
Finally, a broadband deployment race begins.. only had to wait 2 - 3 years for another speed increase.
100/100 service would seem to go against the research purpose of the project, which was to see what could be done if an entire community had gigabit connections. I see them offering the gigabit service at a very low cost, but the video and phone offerings costing more than the cable competitors. But in reality a free 100/100 connection to an average household that cannot afford the 1000/1000 service should be enough to test internet based community projects, involvement, cloud services, and life enrichment. LUS Fiber offers a 100/100 intranet service for all subscribers, without regard to your internet speed tier. They have reported big increases in work at home opportunities that used to require workers to drive to work. The medical field in LUS territory seems to be benefiting from fast transfer of high resolution medical imaging. So 100/100 can probably be useful for Google's research.
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I wonder though if they will get many subscribers if not offering a comparable TV package (to cablecos) on launch. While I'll be 'trying' Google when it launches, I'll be reluctant to stay if they don't have a comparable TV package and I'm not a big TV watcher - even though a heavy Net user. Others may be even more reluctant to switch or stay with Google if the full double/triple play package isn't fully up and running when launched.