|reply to silbaco |
Re: Any year now....
When they announced KC in March 2011, they said some would be connected by end of year. The first public connection didn't occur til Nov 2012. Maybe with the experience they can get Austin going a little sooner but it took them a year just to lay down fiber around KC before starting the first connections.
It will be interesting to see the terms with City of Austin, if it's similar to the two KC's in terms of relationship with utilities. And will Google do the pre-signup like in KC, which determined rollout order. They might actually be able to deploy faster if Google defines the rollout hoods themselves than play the signup game. It was clear in KC that the higher income areas signed up first, whether logistically easier to start with or not. In Austin, Google could define order by areas that have least path of resistance to deploy - might be faster deployment while giving more time to plan the more difficult hoods.
I don't see how people don't find it ridiculous that it took that long in Kansas City. Especially when the majority of your deployment is aerial and you have been given the regulatory green light to do pretty much whatever you want.
|reply to xenophon |
said by xenophon:And so something in common is that Austin owns the local utilities. That may be a key criteria if Google goes into another market...
It will be interesting to see the terms with City of Austin, if it's similar to the two KC's in terms of relationship with utilities.
said by xenophon:How expensive are pole fees, compared to the rest of the build-out?
And so something in common is that Austin owns the local utilities. That may be a key criteria if Google goes into another market...
It may not be just about fees. Google mentioned when first selecting KC that logistics to deploy is easier when having fewer entities to deal with.
Some interesting Q&A. Google says they are working on a small biz plan but nothing specific...