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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



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RE: Gigabit—or not?
By atechfan on 4/26/2014 2:28:03 PM , Rating: 2
I never read that. Interesting to know. So huge Google has been touting their fiber services forever, and so far they have managed to roll it out in only 2 cities, and only at a small fraction of the speed they promised? And that is with all the dark fiber they bought dirt cheap over a decade ago?

Doesn't look like the ISPs have anything to worry about.


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By melgross on 4/26/2014 3:46:57 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I just don't understand it. I'd like to have people who do have their service post as to what they are actually getting. While $70 a month is great for real gigabit service, it's not great for 50Mbps.

And I'd like to understand why they said that these people would be getting 200Mbps service in the first place. How many people are they telling that to, and why haven't we heard of it before?


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By heffeque on 4/27/2014 3:27:05 PM , Rating: 2
In Spain you can get 200/200 Mbps with no bandwidth caps + cellphone with unlimited national calls + 1 GB for 60 €/month, and tests indicate that it actually gives what it advertises.
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I didn't know that Google Fiber in the US was actually worse than a fiber company in a country that's going through a tough economic crisis :-/


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By syslog2000 on 4/28/2014 1:23:03 PM , Rating: 2
Spain is a fraction of the US' size. Much cheaper to connect up a small, (relatively) densely populated area than the US.


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By melgross on 4/28/2014 8:45:25 PM , Rating: 2
FIOS has no bandwidth caps either. My cellphone has unlimited voice and SMS, though we mostly use messaging which is unlimited as well. Free calls to all of the USA and Canada.


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By melgross on 4/26/2014 3:49:18 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I just don't understand it. I'd like to have people who do have their service post as to what they are actually getting. While $70 a month is great for real gigabit service, it's not great for 50Mbps.

And I'd like to understand why they said that these people would be getting 200Mbps service in the first place. How many people are they telling that to, and why haven't we heard of it before?


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By ComputerJuice on 4/26/2014 6:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
In my city $70 for 50meg is an AWESOME price considering Google has no bandwidth caps. We have only one company that provides that theoretical speed: Comcast. It tests at about 25-30meg in reality with a bandwith cap of 200gig (add $50 if you go over). All for the "introductory price" $159.99 per month. After a year it becomes $209.95 +taxes = $228 per month. Bundled with cable and phone the price comes down to $125, but to get it down you spend another $110 to get that (aka $235 +taxes). And that is at Comcasts current rates (which we all know can rise per month). The only alternatives we have is mobile (verizon, att, tmobile) or Century Link with a top speed of 10mbs (tests at 7mbs).


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By Cheesew1z69 on 4/27/2014 12:07:17 PM , Rating: 2
It's a 250GB limit and they aren't really enforcing it right now.


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By Avatar28 on 4/27/2014 4:53:59 PM , Rating: 2
Also pretty sure it's not $50 for going over. It's more like $10/50 GB over.


RE: Gigabit—or not?
By melgross on 4/28/2014 8:37:54 PM , Rating: 2
FIOS in NYC, at least is better than that, at least if your getting more than just Internet. I'm not sure what that alons off hand. But for triple play, with the ultimate cable service which includes all of HBO and Showtime, plus some other movie channel, I forget which, plus a number of premium other channels including sports, with 75/35 service (real 75/35 service, it's $129 a month. I opted for 150/35 for an extra $50.

Their service is what they advertise. Shouldn't they all be? No excuse?


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