TGIF. In today's edition of Gigabites, Google Fiber finds new fees in Portland, the FTTH Council ties fiber broadband to higher property values, AT&T boasts about new community deployments and more.
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) had hoped to take advantage of the same tax incentive that let Google Fiber off the hook for the Oregon PEG fee. However, lawmakers ruled last month that the tax break wasn't intended to support a premium Internet service like the Gigabit Pro tier Comcast sells for $300 per month. Comcast may rest easier now knowing that Google Fiber has been levied its own 3% tax. (See Gigabites: Ting Makes Holly Springs Sing.)
Meanwhile, Google Fiber still hasn't officially committed to bringing its gigabit Internet service to Portland, but the company won approval to build its first fiber hut in the city earlier this month and has begun to hire local employees.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading