Welcome to the broadband and cable news roundup, Hump Day edition.
Google CFO Patrick Pichette stressed that the company's 1Gbit/s Google Fiber project in the Kansas Cities is more than an experiment; it's a potential revenue-driving business opportunity. "It's not a hobby," Pichette said on Tuesday's fourth-quarter earnings call. He reiterated that Google will continue to look at the possibility of expanding Google Fiber into other markets. Google must "nail Kansas City. It's a perfect place for us to kind of debug all of the elements of the product and the experience for the users," Pichette added.
Cable and TV mogul Dr. John Malone has become the largest single minority investor in Columbus International Inc., a cable provider that serves about 500,000 customers in parts of the Caribbean, Central American and Andean regions, and is eying potential future acquisitions. Malone purchased the stake (amount of the investment was undisclosed) on his own, and not through Liberty Media Corp., where he serves as chairman. Columbus provides services under the FLOW brand in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Curacao.
re: 1-Gig Google Fiber Project Is 'Not a Hobby' -áI don't know... I don't picture Google wanting to deal with any real world requirements (negotiating rights-of-way comes to mind).-á If another city gives them everything Kansas City did, i.e. makes it easy and cheap, then sure, Google might try another market.-á
Otherwise... some people in Google might think it's "not just a hobby," but they'll find access to be a messier and less-fun job than they realize.
re: 1-Gig Google Fiber Project Is 'Not a Hobby' It's interesting to consider Google's comment about Kansas City being potentially a revenue-driving business opportunity in the wake of the FCC chairman's call for a gigabit network in every state. If there really is a business case for such high speed service, perhaps that goal-á won't be difficult to reach. Then again I wonder if what drives revenue for Google would drive revenue for any other service provider. Google is not a "dumb pipe" provider as people sometimes accuse other network operators of being.
re: 1-Gig Google Fiber Project Is 'Not a Hobby' Well, at least we know that the Google CFO-á and CEO are working off the same page of talking points....but I think there will still be surprise if/when Google expands this beyond the Kansas Cities. An interesting take from Todd Spangler at MultiChannel News, noting that a big part of this project is to help Google figure out last -mile costs and to use those findings as negotiations leverage with network operators.-á http://www.multichannel.com/bl...-áJB