backtop


Print 22 comment(s) - last by melgross.. on Apr 29 at 6:40 PM

Along with fiber, select cities could also find Google-supported Wi-Fi access

Google wants to send a clear message to U.S. internet users and rivals: the internet war is continuing, and Google wants to be on top.  Cities that are already receiving Google’s gigabit-speed internet service will also be able to benefit from widespread Wi-Fi, according to recent reports.
 
“We’d love to be able to bring outdoor Wi-Fi access to all of our Fiber cities, although we don’t have any specific plans to announce right now,” Google spokespeople reportedly said.
 
Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, with plans on the tablet to bring the service to Austin, TexasAn additional 34 cities have until May 1 to reply, providing information about city addresses, building types, and to turn over geospatial data files that provide access to city infrastructure.
 
After receiving the documents, Google will conduct thorough studies to determine how feasible fiber and Wi-Fi support can be introduced.
 
There is a growing battle in the United States to try and roll out fiber internet access to subscribers, and Google hopes to put as much pressure on traditional Internet service providers as possible.  AT&T has plans to ramp up gigabit-per-second fiber to 21 cities in the U.S., with other companies also trying to join in on the fun.

Source: Computer World



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Why do I...
By M'n'M on 4/25/2014 11:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
What chance does Comcast have?

Hopefully none in Hell. Then again Comcast has ties to the "content providers", where Google is weak. People will pay for the pipes to push data through but it's the pre-made content that makes the $$s.

With Google as an ISP, will I have a chance to get gMail_secure ? Where my e-mail isn't scanned by anyone (short of a specific court order) ? Hmmm ....


RE: Why do I...
By RjBass on 4/26/2014 2:34:35 AM , Rating: 2
How is Google weak with the content providers? They are only missing two channels that I want, AMC and Globo. Otherwise they have everything needed and not nearly as much crap.

https://fiber.google.com/cities/kansascity/channel...


RE: Why do I...
By melgross on 4/26/2014 4:02:23 PM , Rating: 3
Your crap is what other people want to watch, and their crap is what you want to watch. If providers got rid of "all the crap", there would hardly be anything left. I stopped watching sports several years ago, for example, to me, all the sports channels are "crap" that I can do without. But I don't want them to not carry them because other people watch them.

I'm always amazed at how some people think that what they don't want is crap, and that it isn't needed, without thinking, or caring, that it's important to others


RE: Why do I...
By Motoman on 4/26/2014 7:29:17 PM , Rating: 2
But there are vast numbers of channels you're forced to subsidize when you buy cable/satellite service who would have no chance at all of surviving on their own if they weren't forced upon unwilling subscribers.

Those are crap. And there's a lot more of them than there are channels that actually could survive on their own.


RE: Why do I...
By melgross on 4/29/2014 6:40:55 PM , Rating: 2
That's just your opinion. You don't know which channels that may be. But a lot of those channels are premium, and are being paid for. In addition, except for the public service channels, there are many that pay to get carried. It evens out. With others, part of the subscription for the individual channel is shared with the carrier.

I'd rather have people get to see what they want than to have people remove those channels. I don't think that anyone should be able to determine what someone else can see, even of it does cost them a few extra bucks.


"We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs














botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki