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Google Won't Include Phone in Google Fiber
Insists That State and Federal Regulations Too Difficult
by Karl Bode 02:25PM Tuesday Dec 04 2012
Google considered including voice services with their Google Fiber deployments in Kansas City, but balked at the idea after studying state and federal regulations for voice services. "We looked at (offering voice service)," Milo Medin, vice president of Google Access Services insisted at an event this week. "The cost of actually delivering telephone services is almost nothing. However, in the United States, there are all of these special rules that apply."

Medin claims that the complications of calculating two different tax rates for Missouri and Kansas also contributed to the decision. Unmentioned of course is that once a user has a symmetrical 1 Gbps connection and a cell phone (likely with a Google OS, since the company now dominates a large part of the market) there's really not much of a need of a voice line. If there is, they can still nab service from a VoIP provider with oh, an ocean of bandwidth left to spare.

While Medin did take additional questions from the audience, he didn't answer questions about where Google Fiber could pop up next.


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