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Google Calls KC Fiber-Ready

Jeff Baumgartner
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Jeff Baumgartner
2/6/2012
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With the requisite engineering and regulatory prep work done, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) declared Monday that it is ready to start stringing "thousands of miles" of fiber in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. -- the sites of its 1Gbit/s broadband buildout/experiment.

"We've measured the utility poles; we've studied maps and surveyed neighborhoods; we've come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans; and we've eaten way too much barbeque. Now, starting today, we're ready to lay fiber," Kevin Lo, the general manager of Google Access, said in a Google blog post.

Now two years into the project, Google has yet to say when it will connect live customers to the network (or which neighborhoods will get connected first), but officials did cite a target of "early 2012" last July.

Count Consolidated Communications Inc. among those that will be interested in delivering services on Google's fiber network now that the service provider has agreed to buy SureWest Communications (Nasdaq: SURW), which expects to operate plant near Google's project but won't necessarily overlap it. (See Consolidated to Buy SureWest for $340.9M .)

"We view it more of an opportunity than a risk," Consolidated President and CEO Bob Currey said of Google's fiber network, when asked about it on a conference call Monday.

Why this matters
Google's project is apparently on track again, after getting bogged down in negotiating fees to string its fiber lines to public utility poles.

Once the area's fiber backbone is built and Google begins to connect customers, the resulting services should apply some competitive pressure on incumbents such as Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).

For more
Catch up on Google's 1-Gig jig.



— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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12/5/2012 | 5:43:27 PM
re: Google Calls KC Fiber-Ready


We've asked, but Google hasn't announced any of the access equipment awards for this deployment. But Multichannel News notes that Atlantic Engineering Group (AEG) will be working with Google on the initial deployment.  I don't recall them revealing which  flavor of PON Google's going with in the KCs, but I'll run that by them too. JB


 

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12/5/2012 | 5:43:27 PM
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Any idea which vendors' access network equipment Google is going to install in KC or Google itself manufacture GPON or EPON access equipment for this?.

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12/5/2012 | 5:43:25 PM
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Transport is INFN for sure. Google is one the many offically unannounced customers. But most in the know this to be fact.

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