Provo, Utah becomes third Google Fiber city

Google has announced that it will be offering Google Fiber service in Provo, Utah, if the city council approves Google’s acquisition of iProvo (the fiber optic network built by the city 10 years ago). Google plans to upgrade and extend the network to every home in the city. Here’s what Google says: Provo started building […]

Austin, Texas is the next Google fiber city

Google Fiber has confirmed that Austin, Texas is the next city to get fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service after the FTTH rollout in Kansas City. Google says: Our goal is to start connecting homes in Austin by mid-2014. Customers there will have a similar choice of products as our customers in Kansas City: Gigabit Internet or Gigabit Internet plus […]

Tales from the Towers, Chapter 43: Galactus – Destroyer of Wired Worlds

I’ve seen projections in our industry range from “the WISP market is dying, we need to move to fiber” up to “new technologies in RF are going to make fiber the horse and buggy of bandwidth industry”.  The truth is that the wireless industry is about to put the hurt on the Wired World and […]

Georgia anti-municipal broadband bill goes down in defeat

The State of Georgia House of Representatives voted down an anti-municipal broadband bill that would have prohibited municipalities from deploying broadband networks. The bill was sponsored by the usual coalition of telecom incumbents aided by their astroturf organisations, and supported by people who believe that cities should not spend money on critical broadband infrastructure, but […]

Comcast’s rise coincides with decline in service

In Corporate Tie Binds US to Slow Internet (Financial Times), Edward Luce makes the connection between Comcast’s near monopoly in American cities and its active lobbying efforts (not to mention its large campaign contributions to Obama),  with the terrible state of broadband service in America: If Dwight Eisenhower had General Motors and George W. Bush had […]