Google Fiber coming to Austin, TX

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Google Fiber coming to Austin, TX

AUSTIN -- It's official. Google Fiber is coming to Austin.

On Tuesday Mayor Lee Leffingwell made the announcement that the Internet service will be coming to the capital city in 2014.

Google Fiber brings Internet speeds that clock in 100 times faster than  any other service. Tech experts say the service will boost Austin's  economy by luring in a whole new group of tech companies.

 

Article here.

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You beat me to the punch on that, just read the article.  

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There was a sizeable article in the Kansas City Star this past weekend about the Austin being the next city to get Google fiber.  Things have been moving rather slowly here.  Some concern that Google might switch attention to Austin and let the expansion slow way down here.  But I doubt that unless Google starts running  short of cash.  We have a grandson in Austin...in the web site design and support business and other techie stuff.  Imagine he'll be excited at the news.  But since Google has to start from scratch nearly anywhere they go it is going to be some years before their customer base is significant......IMHO.

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BeeBeeSA wrote:

AUSTIN -- It's official. Google Fiber is coming to Austin.

On Tuesday Mayor Lee Leffingwell made the announcement that the Internet service will be coming to the capital city in 2014.

Google Fiber brings Internet speeds that clock in 100 times faster than  any other service. Tech experts say the service will boost Austin's  economy by luring in a whole new group of tech companies.

 

Article here.


 

You don't think there's any particular reason for targeting Austin, as opposed to some other large city like Chitown or NYC or SanFran.

 

Couldn't have anything to do with AT&T being based in Texas?Smiley Wink

 

 

 




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Computer-Joe wrote:

BeeBeeSA wrote:

AUSTIN -- It's official. Google Fiber is coming to Austin.

On Tuesday Mayor Lee Leffingwell made the announcement that the Internet service will be coming to the capital city in 2014.

Google Fiber brings Internet speeds that clock in 100 times faster than  any other service. Tech experts say the service will boost Austin's  economy by luring in a whole new group of tech companies.

 

Article here.


 

You don't think there's any particular reason for targeting Austin, as opposed to some other large city like Chitown or NYC or SanFran.

 

Couldn't have anything to do with AT&T being based in Texas?Smiley Wink


Locations were chosen through a competetive selection process. Communities had to "apply" to be considered, I can see Austin more so than the Kansas City which is getting GF first.

 

Austin is hip and a very techno savvy city, ie: SXSW.

 

From Wikipeadia:

  • Kansas City, Kansas - On March 30, 2011, KCK was selected from over 1,100 applicants to be the first Google Fiber community.
  • Kansas City, Missouri - Seventeen days after the initial announcement regarding KCK, Google announced the decision to include Kansas City, Missouri, thus offering service to both sides of the state line. The network became available to residents in September 2012.
  • Olathe, Kansas - On March 19, 2013 Google announced that the project would be expanded to Olathe.
  • Austin, Texas - On April 9, 2013 Austin was selected to be the next major city to be provided Google Fiber

Has Google Fiber come to fruition in any of these cities???

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AT&T has announced that they are also preparing to bring up Gig fiber service in Austin.
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I don't live in Austin, but I'm very glad to see this happen.  The technology exists for AT&T to do this, but they're dragging their feet because the status quo is so profitable.  It's cheaper for AT&T to "bribe" politicians (to keep their duopoly) than it is for them to upgrade their network.  That's American capitalism, folks.  AT&T/Verizon/TWC/etc represent a case of American-style capitalism holding back technological advance rather than promoting it.

 

I'm not a fan of Google's privacy policies, but in this particular case I have to say "Go Google!".

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Pujols05 wrote:

I don't live in Austin, but I'm very glad to see this happen.  The technology exists for AT&T to do this, but they're dragging their feet because the status quo is so profitable.  It's cheaper for AT&T to "bribe" politicians (to keep their duopoly) than it is for them to upgrade their network.  That's American capitalism, folks.  AT&T/Verizon/TWC/etc represent a case of American-style capitalism holding back technological advance rather than promoting it.

 

I'm not a fan of Google's privacy policies, but in this particular case I have to say "Go Google!".


Pujols05: Congrats on your first post. You're wrong.


The technology "may exist," true. But getting "the technology" in a quantity to cover the AT&T 22 state footprint and keeping the cost within the realm that people can afford is the trick. There is no successful business model that even suggests "holding back" or "dragging our {AT&T, Verizon, TWC/ etc.} feet."

 

Certainly you're entitled to your opinion, but please stop presenting it as fact, it is not.

 

 

 

 

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The reason AT&T "can't" do it is because no one is holding their feet to fire (lack of competition).  They are protected from competition by government officials they bribed.  Oh, sorry, government officials they lobbied and whose campaigns they contributed to.  It's not brown-paper-bag bribery.

 

Look, it's understandable if people who live in rural areas don't get gigabit speeds, but there is no excuse for no metropolitan areas to have gigabit speeds.  The entire nation of South Korea has access to it.

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Pujols05 wrote:

The reason AT&T "can't" do it is because no one is holding their feet to fire (lack of competition).  They are protected from competition by government officials they bribed.  Oh, sorry, government officials they lobbied and whose campaigns they contributed to.  It's not brown-paper-bag bribery.

 

Look, it's understandable if people who live in rural areas don't get gigabit speeds, but there is no excuse for no metropolitan areas to have gigabit speeds.  The entire nation of South Korea has access to it.


Again, you're wrong.

 

We have more people in a few cities than S.Korea has in the whole country, and they are't cabled for the whole country.

 

You apparently have no idea of what it takes to deploy that kind of bandwidth to the user WHILE having a back-end system to support it. IT's NOT the case, but for example, Google an give everyone a GigE to the home, wonderful. They could (BUT DON'T, this only an exmaple) have a single T1 feeding the back-end. Lots of local speed, no speed off-net.

 

How many users do you think AT&T feeds on their data network? This isn't "plug & play" SOHO stuff.

 

It's not too far down the road when rural will have the same speeds and capabilities as the urban folks do, thanks to the LTE upgrades and expansion.

 

As far as competition, that's what the whole Judge Green breakup was all about. When DSL was young, CLECs were offered all thier re-salable bandwidth at a rate discount such that they could sell it for lower cost then we (as the owner of the infrastructure) could. Most of those CLECs are still up & online, even with the merger of the Baby Bells. 

Much of the reason that the costs are as high as they are is because of Government regulation and regulation-based fees and tarriffs,

 

So, save your baseless claims. you're wrong, across-the-board, wrong.

 

 

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I'd give you a KUDO if I could Scott.  These OPW's, 2 in this case have no clue sometimes.

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Thanks!
I don't think it would bother me as much if it was expressed as opinion, suspicion, "I heard ..." etc.

When it is expressed as an absolute or "fact," especially without any kind of backing or documentation, IMO, it needs to be addressed ... preferably as an educational opportunity (if not to the OP, someone else reading it later).

Thanks again, take care!
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In my opinion, the main problem is the new players to the game (AT&T, google), are trudging up the wrong hill.

 

Comcast (and I am no advocate of Comcast) has had fiber to the node in my town almost 18 years. Now they're offerring 100Mb, plus VOIP, plus TV for just about anyone they can string a coax to. AT&T is struggling to hit 20% coverage with their FTTN (in my town) and most of those can still only get 3 - 6 Mb (and no VOIP or TV). Google is only managing a smattering of neighborhoods in a few towns cities.

 

Sure Google is offering Gb speed but who needs that. AT&T has a lot of catching up to do as far as speed. Comcast on the other hand, I think, has hit the "service sweet spot". So maybe it isn't that AT&T and Google's network technology needs to advance, maybe they just need to look at a different distribution model. Moca does seem to be advancing along pretty rapidly.

 

 

 




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Well said, Scott.

 

In today's Kansas City Star....Time Warner placed a 1/2 page ad for their 100 mbps service to businesses.   ONLY $385 per month.   Yep....that is correct.  I just checked again to make sure I did not remember incorrectly.  Perhaps a business needs that speed.  For now.....we sure as heck do NOT need any more than the 18 mbps we currently subscribe to.  If the whole system is turned topsy turvey and everyone ends up having to stream all their video to watch TV....well then....perhaps faster speeds are necessary.  But we currently get 16.5 to 17.6 mbps down and are satisfied.   Maybe some rich dudes can afford the super high prices that go with super high speeds.  We cannot!  In my opinion this obsession with a gigabyte per second speed is just NUTS.

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ScottMac wrote:
Thanks!
I don't think it would bother me as much if it was expressed as opinion, suspicion, "I heard ..." etc.

When it is expressed as an absolute or "fact," especially without any kind of backing or documentation, IMO, it needs to be addressed ... preferably as an educational opportunity (if not to the OP, someone else reading it later).

Thanks again, take care!

It happens quite a bit in forums these days, these forums are not immune either. Some people just tout things they read on other sites as opinions and treat them as fact. Even some of the "in the know" newspeople get it often quite wrong in most cases. Actual and factual reporting seems to be going on the wayside in this country.

 

I still see Google scrapping it in 2 years, only because they are not going to put up with the FCC's rules and regulations. Before too long and if they buy those fiber networks for $1 the FTC will start investigating eventually. Whicn in Google fashion, they would pull out again after 2 years. They proved the first time they were not going to put up with it, what makes anyone think this is going to be different.

 

From what I got from a few old college classmates in the Kansas areas, it's not all it's hyped up to be.

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