Time Warner Cable Seeing 'De Minimis' Google Fiber Impact
Will Offer Free Wi-Fi in Austin to Prepare for Google
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.
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
Re: TWC has quite a bit of WiFi in KC too...
said by iansltx:This says Google's WiFi in KC will be (optionally) free to anyone...
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.
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, "Its really up to the discretion of the public building managers."
Downtown KCMO is installing hundreds of new streetlights that are designed to host multiple WiFi ISPs.
Re: TWC has 2 yrs to get ready and lock in users
said by FFH: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.
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.