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Google's Other Fiber Project Revs to 150 Mbit/s

Jeff Baumgartner
8/24/2011
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Speed benchmarks for Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s fiber build in California lead off today's look around the cable world.

  • Much attention is being lavished on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s coming 1-Gig fiber experiment in the Kansas Cities, but its trial at Stanford University is already up and running and hitting some lofty speed benchmarks. DSL Reports points out that the Stanford build is hitting 151 Mbit/s downstream and 91 Mbit/s upstream, according to recent speed tests. Users who pay $250 for a pro install or $50 for the kit get the service for a year without paying a monthly subscription. (See Google's Fiber Engineers Descend on Kansas City .)

  • Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) is floating a plan to build an LTE-Advanced network, but not everyone believes that Charlie Ergen & Co. are serious, viewing Dish's waiver filing at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a likely facade to help attract a buyer for its coveted wireless spectrum. But TMF Associates analyst Tim Farrar says Dish may be able to negotiate favorable buildout terms because it's "now in perfect position to replace LightSquared as the FCC's favored option for providing additional wireless competition." (See Dish Sizing Up Mobile Broadband Service .)

  • Grande Communications of Texas is the latest pay-TV operator to pick TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO)'s broadband-connected Premiere DVR as its advanced set-top of choice, joining Charter Communications Inc. , RCN Corp. and Suddenlink Communications , among others. Grande will also offer TiVo's multi-room DVR option.

  • Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) has tapped New Jersey-based Strategic Products and Service (SPS) to resell the MSO's SIP trunking service to businesses with up to 100 employees. (See Cablevision Targets SIP Trunking at SMBs .)

  • BTIG Research 's Richard Greenfield presents his case (registration required) as to why Hulu LLC should not be sold. Hulu, he notes, "appears to be the perfect weapon for networks/content creators to embrace so they can grow revenues and profits, even if the current multichannel ecosystem becomes unglued over the next decade." (See Hulu Bids Could Top $2B.)

  • Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX)'s ride into the U.K. may be a bumpy one because Sky Movies's grip on subscription on-demand rights through 2014 means newcomers will have trouble getting their hands on top-shelf content. (See Netflix Sets Sights on Europe .)

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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