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Kagan: Atlanta tech hub trialing 5G wireless

Atlanta seems to be a growing hotbed of wireless and wireline technology. AT&T Mobility has been trialing "5G" wireless technology for the last year and Verizon Wireless is beginning their 5G trials next month. Plus, Atlanta is one of the few cities nationwide to...

Reader Forum: What went wrong with Google Fiber

Breaking down some of the reasons Google Fiber has yet to gain traction. Google is one of those company names that everyone recognizes. In fact, Google is the No. 2 most recognized brand in the world according to Interbrand. From Google Analytics and...

Fiber-to-the-home is expensive; could fixed 5G bridge the last mile?

To keep up with constantly increasing consumer demand for broadband to support emerging applications like streaming 4K video and virtual reality gaming, for instance, service providers are investing heavily in fiber optic network infrastructure. In some cases, major players like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and...

Google Fiber pauses operations, loses CEO and cuts 9% of workforce

Google Fiber, a slowly sinking ship Google Fiber will be halting its operations in 10 "potential Fiber cities" while it refines its approaches, according to a blog post by Craig Barratt, SVP of Alphabet and CEO of Access. In yesterday's post, Barratt stated Google Fiber must...

Consultant: Google Fiber is ‘dead business model walking’

Alphabet subsidiary Google Fiber, which has reduced staff and signaled a switch to a hybrid fiber/wireless network strategy, is a "dead business model walking," according to Scott Cleland, president of consultancy Precursor and former Deputy U.S. Coordinator for Communications and Information Policy for President...

Google Fiber wins in Nashville

Nashville, Tennesee's city council got a lot of attention for voting to decriminalize marijuana this week, but at the same meeting the council passed another measure that is also being closely watched by cities around the country. Google's One Touch Make Ready ordinance won final...

Kagan: Bye-bye to Google Fiber?

Suddenly Google Fiber seems to be struggling in the marketplace. When it started several years ago they were a hot commodity. However, as other competitors like AT&T GigaPower are rapidly rolling out in many more cities than Google Fiber, things are changing. If you...

Google's fiber friction, Apple's social agenda … 5 things to know today

1. Google parent Alphabet is reportedly losing patience with Google Fiber, or Access as the business unit is known inside the company. A report in The Information claims that Alphabet CEO Larry Page has ordered a 50% reduction in Google Fiber's headcount, which currently...

As it considers wireless option, Google Fiber goes live in Salt Lake City

Google Fiber is now available in the City Center area of Salt Lake City, making the high-speed internet and TV service from the Alphabet subsidiary available in seven metropolitan markets. Sign-ups for potential customers in eligible service areas are open until Oct. 20. There are...

Google Fiber looking to connect small business

Initially geared toward the consumer market, Google Fiber is now targeting small business customers with internet service plans topping out at 1 gigabit per second. In a post to the company blog, John Shriver-Blake, a product manager for Google Fiber, said the new service plans, ...

Google Fiber to buy ISP Webpass to speed network rollout

Webpass CEO said Google Fiber acquisition to 'accelerate deployment' of fiber network San Francisco-based internet service provider Webpass, according to company President Charles Barr, will be acquired by Alphabet subsidiary Google Fiber, which is the technology giant's residential fiber internet and TV service. Webpass provides business...

Comcast rolling out gigabit internet in Nashville with DOCSIS 3.1

DOCSIS 3.1 allows cable operators to extend lifespan of copper physical plant Continuing to grow its footprint of gigabit internet services, Comcast today began an "advanced trial" of high-speed internet using DOCSIS 3.1 technology in Nashville, Tennessee. The Philadelphia-based company initially trialled DOCSIS 3.1 modems in...

AT&T expands fiber-to-the-home service in the Bay Area

In the ongoing fiber-to-the-home battle being waged by major telecom and cable players throughout the country, AT&T launched its GigaPower offering in the Bay Area this week. AT&T said GigaPower provides throughput up to 1 gigabit per second, and is now available in parts of...

Kagan: AT&T GigaPower leads broadband race

Broadband is changing. It runs at ultra-fast Gigabit speeds and is getting faster and stronger as more companies jump into the new space. Today the leader by far is AT&T GigaPower. They offer ultra-fast Internet in the largest number of markets nationwide to date,...

Building on fiber presence, Google eyeing citywide Wi-Fi in KC

Google Fiber brought is 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home network live in Kansas City, Mo., in its first step toward delivering high-quality, affordable fiber-based service in select metros around the country. Now, Google has received permission to deploy an experimental Wi-Fi network in the city. There aren't...

Google now offers triple-play with Fiber Phone

Building on Google Fiber television and Internet service, meet the Fiber Phone Building on its growing service provider business lines, Google today announced its Fiber Phone service, which builds on the Google Fiber Internet and TV service to create a triple-play service offering. The Fiber Phone...

Experts say broadband is today’s most important utility

South by Southwest panel gathers urban broadband advocates to discuss bridging the digital divide AUSTIN, Texas – Broadband deployments serve to open up opportunities to largely underserved groups while stimulating larger economic growth, municipal and policy experts agreed during a South by Southwest panel session. In...

Austin, Texas: Where IIoT 5G technology sparks fly

Austin is a laboratory for IIoT 5G innovation and a microcosm of the global trend towards urbanization Known to many as home to South by Southwest, barbecue, live music and 6th Street revelry, Austin, Texas, has emerged as a “laboratory for innovation” according to...

Alabama municipal fiber build attracts Google service

Public-private partnership model for fiber networks gaining traction The growing trend of municipalities moving to control their own high-speed broadband destiny is exemplified in what's happening in Huntsville, Alabama. Local electricity, gas and water provider Huntsville Utilities is constructing a publicly-owned fiber optic network. The move...

Comcast to offer gigabit Internet service over DOCSIS modem

Comcast is looking to join Google Fiber and AT&T Gigapower in offering gigabit speed Internet to its customers. The cable provider has already begun trials of its data over cable service interface specification 3.1 modem in Philadelphia and has plans for further expansion. The DOCSIS...

Google, AT&T continue fiber network expansions

Fiber-to-the-home shaping up to be a CSP battleground As the fiber broadband race continues to pick up steam, this week saw AT&T announced expansion of its GigaPower service to 38 additional markets while Google Fiber is eyeing build outs in Los Angeles and Chicago. Consumer demand for...

Google Fiber taps OKC, Tampa, Jacksonville as ‘potential’ cities

1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home service expanding in cities with 'entrepreneurial spirit' Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Alphabet (remember that whole thing?) is now working with municipal leaders in Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla., as well as Oklahoma City as potential beneficiaries of the tech giant's 1 gigabit-per-second...

AT&T charges less for GigaPower in Google Fiber markets

GigaPower costs $70 per month in Google Fiber markets; $110 per month in areas where Google Fiber doesn't have a presence After announcing the availability of its GigaPower 1-gigabit-per-second Internet service in new metro markets, AT&T is getting called out for charging less for the...

White House: Broadband is a ‘core utility’

Broadband is right up there with water, sewer and power, according to report WASHINGTON – President Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council released its 40-page report on Monday, declaring, “Today, broadband is taking its place alongside water, sewer and electricity as essential infrastructure for communities.” The report was...

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