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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 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.


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