Welcome to another Gigabites roundup. In this edition, Greensboro looks to join its NC neighbors in the gigabit club, Google green-lights possible gig expansion in three new cities, Comcast takes fiber to the MDU and more.
The new Tri-Gig initiative sounds remarkably similar to the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) project. In 2012, six other NC cities and their university partners in the Research Triangle area joined together to push for high-speed broadband services. NCNGN ultimately partnered with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) for gigabit deployments, which are underway today. (See AT&T's Going to Carolina With 1 Gig.)
Much like a candidate forming an exploratory committee, Google hasn't committed to actually deploying gigabit service in any of these regions, but just the possibility is enough to get citizens excited… and to make competitors nervous. (See Gigabites: A Gigabit Battle in Tennessee.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading