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- Broadband Bytes for 2016-10-28 https://t.co/qSRLA56Ig1 ->
- There's plenty of important lessons to learn from Google's recent pratfall. https://t.co/rReXmVVAzM ->
- Hey, look! CenturyLink is still spending money on things that aren't FTTH. https://t.co/qbMrDFDD5p ->
- Google is also getting in on the over-the-top streaming business. https://t.co/gskFQ9L5x8 ->
- Comcast to show up at the gigabit dinner party about halfway through dessert. https://t.co/zZJzSKH3lo ->
- The FCC would really like pole access to be much, much easier. https://t.co/je4zoiinCu ->
- XMission is starting a new gigabit price war. https://t.co/dVJdZ8xFKw ->
- Most Comcast users can do jack squat about caps because there's little, if any, competition. https://t.co/1ljpiIIKCB ->
- You can't hike prices forever, cable. https://t.co/PcxvfjKgMF ->
- Google says current Fiber cities have nothing to worry about. https://t.co/LjhP6CZoQJ ->
- Broadband Bytes for 2016-10-21 https://t.co/0dtadMYFKJ ->
- Google Fiber: Nevermind the paused construction, fired workers, and departing CEO, we're doing great! https://t.co/o39xsbrM4u ->
- We may be witnessing the slow death of Google Fiber. Are Provo and SLC prepared? #utpol https://t.co/uW6ay9O3sR https://t.co/7yz8vEu1Ii ->
- The Internet went haywire last week and it's because of cheap Chinese webcams. https://t.co/d20lGIYGPs ->
- It's not large incumbents deploying fiber. https://t.co/vZc55pESRi ->
- No small coincidence that AT&T announces a cheap over-the-top service right after a merger. https://t.co/cMG6BhGGtm ->
- Muni gigabit breathed new life into Chattanooga. https://t.co/p7W3rtjNF5 ->
- In a competitive marketplace, this wouldn't be as much of a concern. https://t.co/SfRgso319f ->
I’ve long maintained that Google isn’t in the ISP business for the long haul. I said over four years ago that the odds of your city seeing it were astronomically low. Well, now Google is basically saying the same thing. The CEO announced that they have halted expansion of the network, let go employees in towns where they haven’t build, oh yeah, and he’s leaving for “other opportunities”. I’ve had multiple first-hand reports of users in Provo who have been unable to get signed up for unspecified reasons, even after Google said they were coming. So what happened?
Google simply bit off more than they could chew. Investors do not like Google pouring money into something this capital-intensive with an ROI so far out. In every market they have attempted to deploy in, they are hit with constant roadblocks from incumbents, something any sane person with industry knowledge could have foreseen from miles away. The lack of voice and 100Mbps products lead to lower than expected adoption and even the loss of customers in Provo, something that I (among others) warned about immediately. Google eventually added these, but it seems to be too little, too late.
Google’s original promise was to form public-private partnerships with cities. Once they launched in Kansas city, it became clear that the “partnership” was reduced to operating like a standard duopolist while using brand power to extract all kinds of benefits from the city. The same thing happened in Provo when the city took a multi-million dollar bath on a network that was around break even on operating expenses and debt service. The model was “give us everything we ask for because we’re famous and fabulous”. The obvious cherry-picking and red-lining was swept under the rug with promises of “eventual” universal rollout, something that now looks increasingly unlikely.
I don’t mean this to just be a smug “I told you so” post (though I would be lying like Donald Trump if I said I wasn’t taking at least a little glee in having been right for so long as the haters yelled at me). It’s to point out that real broadband improvement starts at home. It means you, your community, your city all working together to improve the outcomes. Google was about as close as I’ve ever seen to a large scale broadband Santa Claus and it appears poised to pratfall on the stage.
My take is that we’re seeing the slow decline of Google Fiber. Cities who have it now should be working on their contingency plans for if (or, more likely, when) Google decides to pull the plug. Cities who were hoping for it (including both those who were and were not in talks with Google) need to move on to a new plan. It could be a true public-private partnership, a full-on municipal network (UTOPIA will still be happy to have you), or a privately-funded user-owner cooperative. What won’t work, be it Google or Comcast or CenturyLink, is hoping that you can just wait your way into better broadband.
- Broadband Bytes for 2016-10-14 https://t.co/wqf6WzSPN0 ->
- Incumbents are redlining? Say it ain't so! https://t.co/lWsk5kyDfu ->
- Not mentioned: you can do the same speeds over 100m of Cat6 too. https://t.co/4RGtAp8Zpl ->
- Google Fiber is free at some public housing in SLC. https://t.co/xWahdwoqfn ->
- Maybe this is why so many people stopped paying for something they can get for free with an antenna. https://t.co/1O9I8P1Plz ->
- Killing copper good. But killing competition? Bad. https://t.co/EOzs6XvCJY ->
- 1Gbps now is table stakes tomorrow. https://t.co/4OzTiVRmkt ->
- Verizon and Comcast already have massive vertical monopolies. AT&T wants in on that action. https://t.co/ZrtzqCLNXk ->
- As if we needed more evidence that open access networks are good for consumers. https://t.co/EgK2v12iBz ->
- Someone has finally had enough of Comcast's sneaky fees. https://t.co/D8iI5ENlYG ->
- Gigabit fiber increases home values and GDP, but not your bill. https://t.co/7ctndeFUdZ ->
- Broadband Bytes for 2016-10-07 https://t.co/bsAKeP4BI0 ->
- If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em. https://t.co/3jOkAcFciK ->
- The next FCC vs ISP court fight will be over your privacy. https://t.co/gDrLMUGHHB ->
- Really? Is everyone just going to use the word "fiber" now like it doesn't mean anything? https://t.co/cDcPDCftvA ->
- The new Comcast options: 1TB cap or an extra $50 a month. https://t.co/0A518uVtWr ->
- "Hey, we said we'd install FiOS. We didn't say fiber." – Verizon to Boston https://t.co/e2AIvaKA0g ->
- Remember when Google Fiber made the impression it was going to take over the world? Yeah, about that… https://t.co/naiNpd5ROQ ->
- CenturyLink's gigabit plan has always been obvious: businesses now, homes, meh, whenever. https://t.co/V0tb5ATKEx ->
- Hear UTOPIA Executive Director Roger Timmerman give an update on how things are going. https://t.co/WmgJ9zz3UT ->
- Broadband Bytes for 2016-09-30 https://t.co/OQ8mblANM8 ->
- Don't settle for wireless digital ghettos. https://t.co/XHHV8PVTiP ->
- Anyone living in a rural area could tell you that CenturyLink is pretty awful. https://t.co/dxvAPdQFn3 ->
- It's probably cheaper for Verizon to tie this up in court than actually follow the contract. https://t.co/U27TGWIRX7 ->
- Don't forget that Google's opacity about performance applies to the still city-owned iProvo. https://t.co/pA7I2yPo43 ->
- AT&T goes full on wireless flim-flam man. https://t.co/MxR8MeE6KK ->
- Those standard 250GB caps are looking pretty old and busted right about now. https://t.co/u42WCd5VSG ->
- Wireless is more extension cords when we need power mains. https://t.co/HxmgGXvotP ->
- Wait, we're giving CenturyLink half a billion in tax dollars to deliver not broadband? Is this real life? https://t.co/kpA6FTXzX4 ->
- Two new Layton neighborhoods now have UTOPIA. https://t.co/GOtiDc4DiF ->
- How about that? More broadband makes for better citizens. https://t.co/XqU2dSeDRb ->
- We should call the 25M/3M definition of broadband what it is: unsatisfactory. https://t.co/bTvw8Z8n3s ->