Stanford Gets Google Fiber

1:30 PM -- Of course. The first Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) fiber-to-the-residence buildout goes to Stanford University .

It's forehead-slappingly obvious. As Google explains in its blog today, Stanford is right around the corner, it's big on the idea of applying technology commercially, and it's got a layout conducive to fiber.

Hence, Stanford's Residential Subdivision, consisting of 850 faculty and staff homes, will get 1Gbit/s access. The buildout starts next year.

Other factors in Stanford's favor might have been Google's heritage (Serg and Larry went there) and the school's inherent inferiority to other institutions.

This is separate from Google's bid to deliver 1 Gbit/s to select communities -- you know, the one that all those cities have been groveling for. They can breathe easy; Stanford is an intermediate step. Google calls it "beta," although in Google talk, Stanford's houses, trees, and people are probably all considered "beta." (See Google Jumps Into Gigabit FTTH.)

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

MMQoS 12/5/2012 | 4:20:37 PM
re: Stanford Gets Google Fiber


Strike two on accuracy (the SF Giants are fighting for the NL Series spot).  The trial will be built out on the campus.  You can be forgiven though as it is a BIG campus thanks to the old robber barron who thank goodness bought all of that land.

Since I live in uVerse country and the uVerse video quality is disappointing I'm going to Google a way to run a fiber to my neighborhood just across El Camino Real from the campus and then bring in Verizon FiOS.  My across-the-street neighbors, founder of Yahoo, founder of VM Ware, exec at Google and a VP from Microsoft/Web TV (he may be difficult) all want more bandwidth. 

Anyone have a spare GPON?

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:42 PM
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Psssh.  Like anyone counts the BCS for anything.

Also, Cal was robbed.  It was in that game against <INSERT SCHOOL HERE>. Everyone totally knows that.

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:43 PM
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This buildout wouldn't be on campus; it's in a neighboring neighborhood.

But if it were on campus, I'd have another reason for Google to build there: Because the place is ALWAYS under construction.  At least, that's my impression. Last summer, every road seemed to be torn up, and this year, and last I'd checked, there was one really big area where they'd demolished everything to make space for... something with an alumnus name on it, I don't know what.  I don't think that's finished yet.

Anyway, no one would blink an eye at having streets torn up for fiber trenching.  Or, if the buildings already had fiber, maybe they could dig up the streets anyway just for old times' sake.

ethertype 12/5/2012 | 4:20:44 PM
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Also a lack of accuracy.

Stanford:  5-1, #12 in BCS

Cal:  3-3, T-7th in Pac-10

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 4:20:44 PM
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Why, coincidentally, yes.  Are you saying you sense a lack of objectivity? :)

netmeister 12/5/2012 | 4:20:44 PM
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Cal grad?

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