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skeechan
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LOL...of course it's a hobby

It's yet another Google beta project with a very nice escape clause. They'll pull the ripcord on it like they do lots of their stuff.


xenophon

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And some things carry through. So how do you know for certain of failure, because you want it to?



ArrayList
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reply to skeechan

I love the fact that most of Google's products are changing. There is no reason for them to be static, unchanging boring products. That's a good thing.



skeechan
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No, because of how they are going about this. Even the location they selected shows they aren't serious about expanding this and becoming an MSO. I wouldn't be surprised if this is simply research into residential usage of data services; something the rest of their organization would hugely benefit from. Since they have their testbed infrastructure, they can monitor everything the users do and for major marketing based organizations like Google, that is gold. But you don't have to spend $100B on nationwide infrastructure to get that information so they won't bother. Google will not be the next Verizon unless they run into serious problems with MSO data double dipping. But as we see with Google and Orange, Google has shown a willingness to pay off the MSOs looking to double dip.

Nothing will come of this and it is evident by how they are going about this.



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reply to skeechan

quote:
that Google Fiber "wasn't an experiment." As we noted then, it's not quite clear what you're supposed to call an extremely limited broadband deployment by a search company intended primarily as a testbed. "Hobby" and "experiment" really aren't too far off the mark.

How about "Public Relations", or marketing, or lobbying? Just a way to lobby Washington to give money away to put FTTH in more areas.
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A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.


skeechan
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Washington has run out of everyone else's money.