Google Fiber just might be the best thing that ever happened to the internet, but it might not grow as fast as we would like. We can talk about cord cutting all we want, but the bottom line is that most Americans like the triple play bundle that cable companies offer. You know, those package deals that consist of TV programming, phone service, and the internet.
To take charge of its burgeoning internet and television service, Google has selected someone with expertise in operations for future expansion. Dennis Kish, a former Qualcomm executive, has been selected as the leader of Google Fiber. Kish has spent a number of years with Actel and ST-Ericsson as well. At Qualcomm, he was the senior vice president and general manager of the technology division.
Bringing in Kish shows that Google is dedicated to taking Google Fiber beyond an experimental project. Under this new leadership, he will be working on launching the service in additional locations across the country. Google Fiber is currently available in Kansas City, Provo, and soon to be Austin. At this point, there are nine metropolitan areas listed as candidates to be next.
Kish is replacing Milo Medin, who was largely behind Google Fiber’s launch. Medin will remain with Google by working on undisclosed projects.
Source: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)
Google may be working on an upgraded Google Fiber television box to launch in the near future. An FCC filing revealed a new set-top box with a model number GFHD200 that’s sporting 802.11 ac/n WiFi, 10/100 Ethernet, MoCA, Bluetooth and HDMI 1.4, all of which are pretty standard for a high-end cable box like this. Unfortunately, there aren’t any other details about the box in the filing, but with I/O just a few days away, maybe Google will shed a little more light on their Fiber plans with us.
Earlier this year, we reported that Google had 34 cities in mind to expand their Google Fiber product. While we’re almost mid-way through the year, we haven’t heard much of their progress until today. According to Google, they have actually been busy in preparations to prepare Google Fiber for those said cities. Google is currently working through a “checklist” on what needs to be done and almost finished. One of the main things that Google still needs to accomplish in order to come through with their promise would be getting approval from several city councils in regards to its “fiber huts” which would house thousands of glass fibers to coordinate the network.
This is certainly good news and I’m eager for Google to expand Fiber, as I’m sure you are too. Check out the source link below for the official blog post from Google pertaining to this.
source: Google Fiber Blog
Google Fiber has certainly been generating some hype with its free and low-cost internet packages. In a recent document that was circulated to the next 34 cities slated to receive the service in 2015, Google hinted that there may be plans to roll out WiFi services to those cities in addition to wired fiber connections.
The chances of getting Google Fiber just went up… slightly. Today Google has announced they are working with an additional thirty-four cities on the possibility of adding their 1Gbit service. Major cities include Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham. New York City, however, still hasn’t made the cut. The aforementioned cities are not ‘locked’ to get Google Fiber as the local government would need to give its approval.
Here is part of what Google had to say:
We’ve long believed that the Internet’s next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, so it’s fantastic to see this momentum. And now that we’ve learned a lot from our Google Fiber projects in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, we want to help build more ultra-fast networks. So we’ve invited cities in nine metro areas around the U.S.—34 cities altogether—to work with us to explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber.
Source: Google Official Blog
Google is reportedly developing technology that will allow for Internet data speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second, much faster than their current Google Fiber service, which is 1 gigabit per second. According to Patrick Pichette, Chief Financial Officer at Google, this next generation of the Internet is part of Google’s “broader, long-term obsession with speed.”
Pichette stated that faster speeds will increase the use of software as a service, and that this is where the world is going. He also said that it may happen over a decade, but “why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on.”
Google Fiber is currently only available to residents in Kansas City, but the service is also set to be coming to Austin, Texas. When asked if the service would be coming to more cities, Pichette said to “stay tuned.”
Source: USA Today
AT&T has announced that they will be bringing their fiber network to Austin, Texas later this year to compete with Google’s own fiber network. AT&T’s network matches up with Google’s fairly well, offering up to 1 gigabit-per-second speeds. AT&T is hopeful that this deployment will bring their network to tens of thousands of people in the area by the end of 2014. The CEO of the wireless network operator seems to think that the costs associated with deploying fiber optic cable has come down enough that it’s a smart financial decision to start aggressively pushing this new network, and that he hopes to see more companies expand fiber networks into new markets in the next few years, and hopefully he’s right. Increased competition in the fiber market would mean better prices for consumers and faster internet connection speeds. It’s a win-win situation.
Google announced today that Gladstone, Missouri will be another recipient of Google Fiber. Gladstone’s city council voted to add the ultra-fast broadband service. Of course, Google says that it takes awhile to “plan, engineer, and start building our network in new communities,” so Gladstone residents will have to wait patiently until they can enjoy the brilliant service.
Google also announced recently that Grandview, MO and Shawnee, KS will be receiving Fiber. Shawnee, Grandview, and Gladstone are all located just a few miles from Kansas City, the first city to launch the 1-gigabit-per-second service. Other cities that will eventually receive Fiber include Austin, TX and Provo, UT.
Source: Google Fiber Blog
Google is trying to bring its Fiber service to as many places as possible in 2013, and next on the list is Grandview, Missouri. While there’s no actual build out yet, it’s received the green light for planning and eventual deployment. They didn’t announce any official date for availability, but I wouldn’t expect it to take too long at Google’s pace. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.
source: Google Fiber Blog