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faustjonson
faustjonson
4/26/2016 | 10:19:29 AM
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mendyk
mendyk
4/9/2016 | 8:43:31 AM
Re: Life's hard
Hi, David -- It's clear that the various components of our infrastructure need to be modernized if not completely ripped out and rebuilt. One problem, though, is that municipal governments are at the bottom of the revenue chain. Google's approach of expecting local governments to conform to its specifications is going to limit the list of GF-eligible cities. Maybe that's how Google wants it. After all, the cities that do have the resources to modernize their bureaucracies also are the ones that are most likely to have the higher-income residents that Google and everyone else wants to reach. Which of course means reinforcing the barrier between the haves and the have-nots.
davidhoffman5
davidhoffman5
4/9/2016 | 12:42:24 AM
Digitization of municipal infrastructure records.
This would be a more interesting part of the current election cycle than seeing who visits which local restaurant to get to the White House. Infrastructure support.
davidhoffman5
davidhoffman5
4/9/2016 | 12:34:14 AM
Re: Life's hard
The quintupling of capability is not necessarily undesirable for all the other future businesses in the city. You quintuple for GF and other ISPs. After the big ISP buildouts you reduce by 40%. You end up with a dpartment with 3X the capability and that is more attractive to those seeking to do things in your city.
davidhoffman5
davidhoffman5
4/9/2016 | 12:27:08 AM
Re: Life's hard
By appaarently using some existing FTTX GF was able to connect some large Atlanta area MDUs rather quickly. It only supports a very small percentage of the metro Atlanta area residences, but GF is more open to this type of using existing resources approach than it was previously.
danielcawrey
danielcawrey
4/8/2016 | 8:26:04 PM
Re: Life's hard
It is clear Google Fiber is pushing municpalities to modernize their systems.

Technology has a way of doing that. I'm not sure what would motivate cities to move off of paper if there is really no impetus to do so. Nice work, Google. You are modernizing America with Google Fiber! 
jbtombes
jbtombes
4/8/2016 | 5:12:22 PM
Re: Life's hard
I see 22 cities on this expansion plan map: https://fiber.google.com/newcities/ So there must be some kind of guide or onboarding process. Btw, Atlanta and Provo are also listed as "current." How are those going? 
mendyk
mendyk
4/8/2016 | 12:41:08 PM
Re: Life's hard
" ... the cities that get their act together stand a better chance." As they say in Flint, that's a lead-pipe cinch. I wonder if Google has a formal outreach program in place that could guide local governments through the conditions required.
cnwedit
cnwedit
4/8/2016 | 12:31:14 PM
Re: Life's hard
As we all suspected, Google learned in general that FTTX wasn't as easy to do as it might hvae thought. I think they've learned a lot and the fact they are still at it is to their credit. 

I would have to say "bureaucracy" is more the thing they are bucking, than laziness. And there is a realization on everyone's part that city budgets are limited. The idea that a city would quintuple the size of its permitting department for a brief period is acknowledged as unlikely and unreasonable. 

But since they can pick and choose where they go, the cities that get their act together stand a better chance.
mendyk
mendyk
4/8/2016 | 11:44:33 AM
Life's hard
Google is learning some fundamental lessons about the way local and state governments work (or don't work). I'm guessing that Google went into this venture knowing about the snowflake situation, but it sounds as though it caught them by surprise a bit. There's also a whiff of attitude that the logistical issues are all due to bureaucratic laziness. No doubt there's some of that, but there's also a lack of money to address core infrastructure issues that are more important than making life easier for an overbuilder (see Flint, MI, for instance). Not every city government is as accommodating as San Francisco.


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