Happy Friday! In this week's edition of Gigabites, two Oswego cities evaluate their gigabit choices, Frontier prepares to roll out a gigabit service tier in Hartford, Connecticut and more.
There is a potential workaround for Google Fiber if the city can argue that the company should not be classified as a traditional cable provider. There's some merit to the argument because Google Fiber earns revenue through targeted advertising rather than through a single slate of ads broadcast to an entire region. The company says that makes it harder to calculate ad revenue that would pertain to the local franchise agreement.
Lake Oswego officials, however, aren't ready to commit to adjusting Google Fiber's classification status. Not only are franchise fees at issue, but Google Fiber also won't promise to deliver services universally throughout the city, and it won't guarantee a timeline for deployment, even to the extent of targeting a specific calendar year.
Meanwhile, Lake Oswego is also considering building its own city-owned fiber network, but that process won't move forward until the public votes on the issue in November.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading