Welcome to your Friday Gigabites. In this edition, Google Fiber makes a strategic acquisition, the state of Maryland plans for a major new fiber link between Northern Virginia and Baltimore, North Carolina-based ISP Fibrant wins approval for expansion and more.
The Webpass business is specifically targeted at multi-dwelling units (MDUs) today, but it's hard to know if Google Fiber will stick with that strategy or test out fixed-wireless deployments with single-family homes.
Beyond residential service, the Webpass technology should give Alphabet a strong asset in its quest to help develop new smart city infrastructure and applications. The company has already demonstrated its significant interest in smart city initiatives. Among other efforts, Alphabet is in the process of helping to create a transportation coordination software platform called Flow. It has promised to provide free access to Flow to the winner of the federal government's Smart City Challenge. That winner – Columbus, Ohio – was just announced yesterday.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading