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KBode
KBode
12/10/2013 | 12:46:50 PM
Price?
Unfortunate there's still no work on price or full deployment numbers on this fiber to the press release effort. While I applaud anybody offering 1 Gbps, these launches by AT&T and CenturyLink feel geared more toward giving the impression of being cutting edge, than actually being cutting edge. Kind of like playing PR pattycake with Google Fiber while tens of millions of their users are actually on quite expensive, capped and slow DSL lines nobody wants to upgrade anytime in the next decade.

Also probably worth noting that at launch these select few 1 Gbps customers will see 300 Mbps, with 1 Gbps not expected until next year.
DanJones
DanJones
12/10/2013 | 12:49:15 PM
Re: Price?
No word on price or any other cities going AT&T 1-Gig from the CEO.


What I reported was the extent of what he said about it.

 
KBode
KBode
12/10/2013 | 1:02:15 PM
Re: Price?
Yeah I assumed that was the extent of it. Was just commenting regarding previous announcements about the effort.

I still think it's rather amusing they continue to stick to the idea that a company with a history of being a little skittish on network upgrades just happened to have a 1 Gbps plan sitting in the wings, and that the launch announcement had absolutely nothing to do with Google Fiber coming to Austin. :)

I suppose they'd then have to admit that competition works, and I know AT&T hates to acknowledge that the current sector is anything less than incredibly competitive already.
DanJones
DanJones
12/10/2013 | 1:10:27 PM
Re: Price?
Has anyone actually done a list of all the 1-Gig projects & plans in the US yet? Seems like that might be useful in understanding what's going on.
KBode
KBode
12/10/2013 | 1:16:11 PM
Re: Price?
Somebody did a basic list, I think it was Ars Technica or GigaOM. Can't find it now. I'll post it if I can remember where it was.

Between existing projects like Utopia, Chattanooga, Google Fiber, Gigabit Squared inititiatives and others the overall number is getting significant. It's important and I don't mean to downplay them.

Though real-world 1 Gbps availability number crunching gets hard; most of these fiber to the press release announcements by the likes of AT&T and CenturyLink quite intentionally go out of their way to avoid providing coverage metrics of any kind (quite frankly because we're really talking about just a few, high end developments for PR effect). 
DanJones
DanJones
12/10/2013 | 1:26:40 PM
Re: Price?
Right

Hopefully its like LTE where it took 18 months before coverage became significant and a couple of years before US competition was a serious thing.


More gating factors to Gigabit fiber I suspect. Still, I keep seeing new projects, might have to start a running list.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
12/10/2013 | 2:15:58 PM
Re: Price?
Fiber-to-the-press-release! Love the new acronym for our industry -- FTTPR.
KBode
KBode
12/10/2013 | 2:29:02 PM
Re: Price?
I totally expect royalties on its use! :)
BBCMAG
BBCMAG
12/10/2013 | 2:40:06 PM
Re: Price?
Broadband Communities has a list of all the fiber-to-the-home deployers here:

www.fiberville.com

Not all are gigabit speed, of course, but a lot of them are now adding gigabit tiers. (This was supposed to be a reply to the question about a list.)
DanJones
DanJones
12/10/2013 | 3:00:13 PM
Re: Price?
Thanks!
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