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Fear and economics fuel CenturyLink’s Omaha FTTH test

The case for fiber converges on Omaha. After getting stung by Google in Provo, Utah, CenturyLink will roll out fiber-to-the-home service in Omaha, Nebraska. Two key factors that will drive future FTTH...

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Incumbent carriers’ response is exactly what Google intended to provoke

Google’s fantastic fiber voyage on (a long) course to a happy ending. In the same way the tiniest virus can trigger a massive flood of antibodies, Google’s willingness to bankroll competitive – and...

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Google’s goad sinks a little deeper into Kansas City

Wanted in Grandview. Grandview, Missouri is latest addition to Google’s wish list of Kansas City suburbs. The city council – board of aldermen as they call it in Missouri – took a no-brainer decision...

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Survey finds Google Fiber getting high take rates in Kansas City

If the hare has staying power, the tortoise will lose. Google’s early results in Kansas City have to be giving incumbent carriers the shakes. According to a survey done by Bernstein Research,...

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Waiting for the FTTH feasibility case in Longmont

Art is nicely presented in Longmont, too. The city council in Longmont, Colorado considers today whether to move ahead with plans to build a municipal fiber-to-the-home system. They’ll be reviewing a...

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Google lights a prairie fire in Kansas

Kansas kicks it up. Average Internet download speeds over the entire state of Kansas jumped by 86% in 2012, according to the State of the Internet tracking report from Akamai, a content delivery...

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Longmont keeping FTTH details out of public view for now

Taxiing towards takeoff in Longmont. The Longmont, Colorado city council settled for a staff report and a powerpoint presentation that summarized the results of a feasibility study, before voting...

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Verizon FiOS doesn’t have an edge over cable in Netflix rankings

Netflix accounts for a third of the Internet traffic in North America, so it’s not surprising it has something to say about how well Internet service providers perform. Whether or not the ISPs...

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Caveat vendor: the customer can say no

Thank you for your input. Organizational budgets and goals are set in the C-suite, defining the resources and limiting the options available to IT executives. Then it’s up to them to find solutions...

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Gigabit Seattle raising FTTH attention but not cash

Adding lift to a trial balloon. The Gigabit Seattle team is trying to tap into Google Fiber’s buzz by releasing a fiber-to-the-home pricing plan that sounds a lot like what’s on offer in Kansas City,...

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Bell Labs bridges a gigabit over a copper gap

The case for copper. Source: Alcatel-Lucent. AT&T and Verizon should think twice about running away from older copper networks. Bell Labs has prototype technology that can already move half a...

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Municipal broadband is an economic choice, not a holy crusade

The debate continues. I’ve been taken to task for an article I wrote on the prospects for fiber-to-the-premise service in Palo Alto. It was jut published in Broadband Communities, and was based on a...

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Google Fiber’s Provo deal is Internet on the instalment plan

A cashless transaction. Google will be rolling out its fiber to the home offering in Provo, Utah next week. The company signed the deal to buy the city-owned system on Monday. Negotiated and approved...

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Slow broadband a drag on Seattle mayor’s re-election campaign

I’ll have what she’s having. Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is running for re-election and the editorial page of the Seattle Times, which has never particularly cared for him, is homing in on his failure...

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Longmont voters will decide whether to back FTTH with their electric bills

Putting broadband bonds on the meter. As Google Fiber takes the reins in Provo, Utah, the city council in Longmont, Colorado is heading to the ballot box to, essentially, ask voters if they want to...

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China has new national broadband plan, goals

I signed up for broadband and all I got was this little red book. China wants to lead the broadband world in something other than malicious Internet attacks, 42% of which originate there, putting it...

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Provo proves Comcast can offer better service at a lower price when there’s...

Comcast’s patron saint. “You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.”Al Capone Comcast guards what it considers to be its turf with a ferocity that makes a...

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Major Kern County broadband project prepped for CPUC vote

The Tehachapi Pass of the future will have broadband too. And probably a lot sooner. Race Telecommunications proposed building a fiber-to-the-home system near the Tehachapi Pass in an application for...

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Gigabuzz without the bits in Austin and Vegas

Not the first time the marketing department has promised the moon. AT&T and CenturyLink are pumping up the gigabit marketing machine, without much in the way of network infrastructure to back it...

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Two big projects awarded construction subsidies by CPUC

Meeting in Redding yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved requests for a total of $19 million in grants from the California Advanced Services Fund for two projects, one on the...

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