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silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Any year now....

While it does take time to install fiber, not connecting the first home until mid 2014 delivers a pretty strong message. Google has no desire at becoming a national provider. At least not in our lifetimes.

When my provider announced I would be getting fiber, I had it up to my house within a couple months. Granted it wasn't operating for several more months after that, but that was more because of winter setting in than anything else. Something tells me that won't be a big concern in Austin.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Brighton, MA

2014 in business terms is right around the corner.



Guspaz
Guspaz
Premium,MVM
join:2001-11-05
Montreal, QC
kudos:23
reply to silbaco

Spending a year to build the fiber infrastructure in a city from scratch doesn't sound all that unreasonable, and doesn't really give any indication of Google's future plans...
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Developer: Tomato/MLPPP, Linux/MLPPP, etc »fixppp.org


silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA
reply to ArrayList

Mid 2014 is over a year away. To begin wiring a single city. There is nothing right around the corner about that. Typically companies don't announce projects a year in advance unless they want to please investors. I don't know of ANY investors who are pleased about Google Fiber.


silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA
reply to Guspaz

To build it would be good. To begin building it, not so good. Sounds like they have very little planning done for the city if they are still evaluating pricing. Last I heard they didn't even have job postings listed yet.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Brighton, MA
reply to silbaco

There are a lot of things that have to happen between now and then. A year is not that far away.


xenophon

join:2007-09-17
reply to silbaco

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.


silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

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.


jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA
reply to silbaco

How many investors do you know?



milnoc

join:2001-03-05
H3B
kudos:2
reply to Guspaz

Successfully getting around the city bureaucracy, build the first phase, AND connect new customers in a year? That would be a miracle!

How long has Montreal discussed a dedicated rail link between downtown and the airport? or plans to replace the Turcot interchange? Or build new metro cars? Or build a new super hospital? These are all plans that have been discussed for over A DECADE before they even got started!

If Google can get the first phase of a project like this completed within a year, and void being corrupted by both the politicians and organized crime (often the same individuals), then I say Google for Mayor!


Kearnstd
Space Elf
Premium
join:2002-01-22
Mullica Hill, NJ
kudos:1
reply to silbaco

I do not think one will find an investor period that is pleased about any kind of fiber.

Not when they can invest in companies that make huge profits off wireless with 2gb caps and huge overage fees.
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[65 Arcanist]Filan(High Elf) Zone: Broadband Reports



KrK
Heavy Artillery For The Little Guy
Premium
join:2000-01-17
Tulsa, OK

I really don't care about the short-term thinking, quick return investors. I realize they dominate the USA now, and everything seems enslaved to their will, but the longer term, more patient investor is the one who allows the building and growth of industries and infrastructure that really matter.

Props to Google for going down this road in the face of all the naysayers. Google is looking ahead, not just at the pure costs of the Fiber and ISP business itself, but the opportunities that such a great infrastructure can provide, and they will be in the unique position to prosper from it.
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"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini


xenophon

join:2007-09-17

1 recommendation

reply to xenophon

said by xenophon:

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 so something in common is that Austin owns the local utilities. That may be a key criteria if Google goes into another market...

»www.kansascity.com/2013/04/09/41···tin.html

tanzam75

join:2012-07-19

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...

How expensive are pole fees, compared to the rest of the build-out?

xenophon

join:2007-09-17

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.


xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Some interesting Q&A. Google says they are working on a small biz plan but nothing specific...

»www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/b···page=all