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Time Warner Cable Seeing 'De Minimis' Google Fiber Impact
Will Offer Free Wi-Fi in Austin to Prepare for Google
by Karl Bode 12:47PM Thursday Apr 25 2013
Speaking on the company earnings call this week, Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt stated that Time Warner Cable is seeing "de minimis" impact on their business from Google Fiber so far. Granted that's because two of the three Google Fiber locations have yet to connect any customers. Britt also proudly informed attending analysts and the press that Time Warner Cable was "pulling tons of fiber," as part of the company's half decade-old strategy of pretending that last mile fiber to the home and core infrastructure fiber are the same thing.

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Meanwhile, Time Warner Cable this week stated they're prepping for Google Fiber's arrival into Austin with the announcement that they've started offering free Wi-Fi in Austin to existing customers only starting today. According to the company, deployment is starting with hotspots in the Barton Springs/Zilker Park area, and will extend over time with users able to locate hotspots via this coverage map.

"We've been rolling out our free WiFi network across our footprint for some time now, as part of our larger strategy to offer significantly more value to our Internet subscribers," said the company. "Austin was in the game plan for 2013. But Google’s recent announcement encouraged us to deploy our network more aggressively now."

As the company notes, Austin Wi-Fi was something they planned to do regardless of Google Fiber's appearance. It remains unclear what if any price/speed response the company has in store for Austin residents once Google Fiber does finally come to town. The company earlier this month proudly proclaimed they were super excited to compete and build ultra-fast networks, despite a decade of history showing the company is very clearly interested in neither.

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xenophon

join:2007-09-17

TWC has quite a bit of WiFi in KC too...

...but is not free to public. Have to have existing TWC account. Will Austin be free to anyone or only for those who already have TWC account?
iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
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Re: TWC has quite a bit of WiFi in KC too...

I'm sure that, like your northeastern CableWiFi installations, it'll be customer-only. Otherwise you just get GFiber's free tier and then use WiFi elsewhere.

Though, to be fair, my bet (and Jason Calacanis's) is that Google will have a Fon-like hotspot network made up of every single GFiber Austin customer, running at 5 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, made available for free to anyone, not just GFiber customers.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: TWC has quite a bit of WiFi in KC too...

said by iansltx:

Though, to be fair, my bet (and Jason Calacanis's) is that Google will have a Fon-like hotspot network made up of every single GFiber Austin customer, running at 5 Mbps down, 1 Mbps up, made available for free to anyone, not just GFiber customers.

This says Google's WiFi in KC will be (optionally) free to anyone...

quote:
Google will install, at their expense, WiFi antennas at over 400 locations in Kansas City. While the WiFi can be set up to be free for the public to use, Google's spokesperson said, "It’s really up to the discretion of the public building managers."
»www.neowin.net/news/google-fiber···sas-city

Downtown KCMO is installing hundreds of new streetlights that are designed to host multiple WiFi ISPs.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17
According to...
»www.twcableuntangled.com/2013/04···ee-wifi/

It's free to existing TWC users with a free trial to non-TWC users but $3/hr after trial. Not a bad offer but this is nothing new or specific to Austin, is available in a few other TWC cities.

FFH
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

TWC has 2 yrs to get ready and lock in users

TWC will push to get new customers on their footprint thru triple play deals and other incentives. And then will offer retention inducements as Google starts to roll out. They will lose some customers, but most people will be too lazy to switch.
sticks435

join:2004-05-25
Kansas City, MO

Re: TWC has 2 yrs to get ready and lock in users

said by FFH:

TWC will push to get new customers on their footprint thru triple play deals and other incentives. And then will offer retention inducements as Google starts to roll out. They will lose some customers, but most people will be too lazy to switch.

Yea, I got an email saying my intro/promation was about to expire. If I can get them to give me a 1 year contract, I'll take that because by that time GFiber should be in my area of KC.
dfxmatt

join:2007-08-21
Evanston, IL

Re: TWC has 2 yrs to get ready and lock in users

it's as clear as day an "oh shit, we have competition" that offers magically start showing up now.
Spiral JP
John Paul
Premium
join:2011-10-28
Nevada City, CA

Minor deployment so far

It could also be that, as Milo Medin announced at the recent Broadband Communities Summit in Dallas, Google has only connected about 4,000 homes in Kansas City KS thus far.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Minor deployment so far

Yeah I dont see TWC and others making a move until GFiber is more broadly rolled out.

BTW, there are some interesting Google conditions for condo highrises. Apparently 70% of a building must signup (for actual service, not preregistration) or the condo association has to pay for cabling the building...

»forum.kcrag.com/viewtopic.php?f=···art=1340
sticks435

join:2004-05-25
Kansas City, MO
That's only half the city though. Right now Downtown Kansas City MO is also a part of it and there are ALOT more people there than in Kansas City KS, but it's also the poorer part of the city, so I'm guessing once it gets rolled out to the suburbs, you'll see alot more people signing up.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Minor deployment so far

The downtown income and Plaza, Ward Parkway to Brookside in MO is higher than most burbs, but E Side is low. KC, KS income is the lowest in metro. Is curious Google selected some of lowest income areas of KC metro first, though many parts are high income.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Minor deployment so far

cause when nobody in the lower income areas can pay for install to get even the free services or pass a credit check- Google can say we'll we offered it but nobody wanted it.

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

Re: Minor deployment so far

I doubt that's the reason, but it could very well be that they are seeing what kind of demand they might expect in a so called "low" income area.

I think most people would be surprised.
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iansltx

join:2007-02-19
Austin, TX
kudos:2
Um, you sound like you're talking about an attempted trial by AT&T, not Google. Google actually WANTS people to use their next-gen infrastructure.

LarryVillano

@lawrencefreenet.org

Wicked Broadband Fiber

There are certainly some changes happening here in Lawrence, Kansas. Wicked Broadband just launched the first non-Google pre-registration based on Google's model. Wicked Fiber!

»wickedfiber.com