An update on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s 1-Gig jig in middle-America kicks off Thursday's cable hot sheet.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s getting a taste of what it's like to be a facilities-based service provider. Its ambitious FTTH network build in the Kansas Cities is getting bogged down as Google negotiates fees to string its fiber lines to public utility poles -- exactly the sort of thing that cable operators and other incumbent broadband service providers have historically had to deal with, reports The Kansas City Star. Ironically, Google originally picked the region in part because it believed these negotiations would be swift and allow it to get its fiber network off the ground quickly. An official with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities told the paper that the final details of the access agreement should be wrapped up "within the next week or two." (See Google's Fiber Engineers Descend on Kansas City and Google to Plant More Kansas City Fiber.)
L2 Communications President and CEO Kraig Beahn is in hot water for allegedly tapping into Mediacom Communications Corp. 's plant in Albany, Ga., and reselling voice and Internet service to a business customer. Here's WALB's story:
Mark Cuban's HDNet is being rebranded as AXS TV in mid-2012 as the billionaire adds talent agency CAA and Ryan Seacrest as investors, notes Businessweek. With Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) coming on board, the channel is poised to expand distribution to 35 million homes.