Light Reading
Gigabit pioneer opens registration in second market while AT&T expands its 1-Gig plans in Austin.

Google Fiber Proceeds in Provo

Mari Silbey
1/23/2014
50%
50%

As promised, Google Fiber has opened up registration for its gigabit broadband and TV service to all residents of Provo, Utah living along the path of the former iProvo network.

While Google Fiber Inc. initially launched service to a select group of Provo citizens in October (households that were already customers of a service that was temporarily run by Veracity Networks), the company has substantially widened its net to reach a larger pool of residents with its novel Internet and TV offerings. Google bought the municipally-owned fiber infrastructure in Provo that underlies its new service last July. (See Google Fiber Starts Utah Rollout.)

The Provo launch marks only the second regional rollout of Google's 1 Gbit/s service, which debuted in Kansas City about a year ago. However, even though it's only been available in a limited footprint, Google Fiber has already had a tremendous impact on the broadband industry. Google has popularized both the idea of 1-Gig Internet service and the pricing model of the $70-per-month gigabit contract. (See Keeping Up With Google Fiber.)

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) set a policy goal of creating a Gigabit City in every state by 2015. Then-Chairman Julius Genachowski cited a need to create innovations hubs throughout the US, and the FCC established several gigabit workshops to promote deployment best practices. (See Gigabit This, Google Fiber!.)

Meanwhile, traditional service providers have started to roll out their own gigabit deployments in response to Google Fiber. In October, for instance, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) launched U-verse with GigaPower in Austin, Texas.

Although the service only offers speeds up to 300 Mbits/s currently, AT&T has promised to increase speeds up to 1-Gig later this year. The company has also just announced that because of unexpected demand in the region, it now plans to expand its network's reach to twice as many households as originally planned.

Not too coincidentally, Google Fiber is also headed to Austin shortly. The gigabit pioneer plans to start its Austin rollout in the middle of this year. (See Austin Gets Google's Next Fiber Gig.)

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
albreznick
50%
50%
albreznick,
User Rank: Blogger
1/31/2014 | 9:04:35 PM
Re: What makes Google Fiber different?
Where do you think Google Fiber will strike next, after KC, Provo and Austin? Seems like it's time to take on Cox or Charter somewhere. Anyone placing bets? 
albreznick
50%
50%
albreznick,
User Rank: Blogger
1/24/2014 | 12:46:31 PM
Re: What makes Google Fiber different?
It was a pretty sweet deal for Google. Will be interesting to see how they make a go with this network financially, along with the flagship one in KC. Not that Google probably cares that much about financial returns at this point. It has alresdy succeeded in setting the broadband bar much higher than it was before.  
msilbey
50%
50%
msilbey,
User Rank: Blogger
1/24/2014 | 9:53:59 AM
Re: What makes Google Fiber different?
I'd have to go back and look, but I do know that there were major financial issues with the network before Google picked it up. I also know Google got the infrastructure pretty much for free in exchange for certain guarantees of service over the next handful of (7?) years.
Carol Wilson
50%
50%
Carol Wilson,
User Rank: Blogger
1/23/2014 | 4:35:00 PM
What makes Google Fiber different?
Mari, any idea of how the Google Fiber service packages compare to what Veracity was offering? I'm assuming they are delivering more bandwidth at less money. 
Flash Poll
LRTV Custom TV
Driving the Network Transformation

7|23|14   |   4:29   |   (0) comments


Intel's Sandra Rivera discusses network transformation and how Intel technologies, programs, and standards body efforts have helped the industry migration to SDN and NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
Distributed NFV-Based Business Services by RAD

7|18|14   |   5:38   |   (0) comments


With the ETSI-approved Distributed NFV PoC running in the background, RAD's CEO, Dror Bin, talks about why D-NFV makes compelling sense for service providers, and about the dollars and cents RAD is putting behind D-NFV.
LRTV Custom TV
MRV Accelerating Packet Optical Convergence

7|15|14   |   6:06   |   (0) comments


Giving you network insight to make your network smarter.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV-Enabled Ethernet for Generating New Revenues

7|15|14   |   5:49   |   (0) comments


Cyan's Planet Orchestrate allows service providers and their end-customers to activate software-based capabilities such as firewalls and encryption on top of existing Ethernet services in just minutes.
LRTV Custom TV
Symkloud NVF-Ready Video Transcoding, Big Data

7|9|14   |   3:41   |   (0) comments


Kontron and ISV partner Vantrix demonstrate high-performance video transcoding and data analytic solutions on same 2U standard platform that is ready for SDN and NFV deployments made by mobile, cable and cloud operators.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
The Evolving Role of Hybrid Video for Competitive Success

7|4|14   |   4:09   |   (0) comments


At Huawei's Global Analysts Summit in Shenzhen, China, Steven C. Hawley from TV Strategies speaks to us about the evolving role of hybrid video for competitive success.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How CSPs Leverage Big Data in the Digital Economy

7|4|14   |   4:48   |   (2) comments


Justin van der Lande from Analysys Mason shares with us his views on how telecom operators can leverage customer asset monetization with big data. His discusses the current status of big data applications and the challenges and opportunities for telecom operators in the digital economy era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Accelerator for Digital Business Future Oriented BSS

7|4|14   |   3:08   |   (0) comments


Mobile and internet are becoming intertwined; IT and CT are integrating; and leading CSPs have begun to transform to information service and entertainment providers. How should the BSS system evolve to enable this transformation? Karl Whitelock, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shares his views.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Orange Tunisia Discusses Multi-Band Antenna With EasyRET Solution

7|4|14   |   2:45   |   (0) comments


As new site acquisition becomes more difficult, Orange Tunisia has requested multi-band antenna to support UMTS and LTE innovation. Some things considered include reducing the cost of antenna maintenance and having high reliability antenna and EasyRET solution.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Telefonica Spain Considers Antenna Selection for LTE Network Deployment

7|4|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


Tony Conlan, Global CTO of RAN, Telefonica, shares his opinion on antennas in LTE network deployment: Tower space is the premier requirement on antennas; reliability is important to reduce OPEX; and EasyRET solution will be helpful for antenna maintenance.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
dtac Thailand: Multi-band Antenna & Capacity Solution for a Better MBB Experience

7|3|14   |   3:45   |   (0) comments


With the development of LTE, tower space and load are limited for new antenna, but users' capacity requirements are growing fast. To provide a better MBB experience, Panya Vechbanyongratana from dtac Thailand shared his experiences and antenna requirements.
LRTV Documentaries
BTE Panel: Network of the Future

7|2|14   |   1:00:57   |   (0) comments


Full-length video of the ATIS Panel Discussion: 'How Far Away Is the Network of the Future & What Does It Look Like?' from the Big Telecom Event (BTE) in Chicago.
Upcoming Live Events!!
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
September 16, 2014, Santa Clara, CA
October 29, 2014, New York City
November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
Infographics
Allot's latest MobileTrends Charging Report shows that value-based pricing plans are up from 35% in 2011 to 85% in 2014.
Hot Topics
Microsoft to Axe 12,500 Ex-Nokia Employees
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 7/17/2014
The Municipal Menace?
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 7/22/2014
GM: 10 Car Models on Road With AT&T's LTE
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 7/18/2014
Apple Earnings: Strong iPhone Sales, iPad Sales Slump, $7.8B Profit
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 7/22/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed