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LA wants to bring fiber Internet to all 3.5 million residents and businesses

LA wants to bring fiber Internet to all 3.5 million residents and businesses

The city of Los Angeles has an ambitious goal to bring gigabit Internet access to every home and business in the city. The city has announced that it will be issuing a request for proposals next month looking for a vendor that will run fiber to every residence, business, and government building within Los Angeles. The Los Angeles city Council unanimously voted to move forward with drafting the RFP and will vote again to determine if the RFP is ready to release next week.

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AT&T announces fiber optic 1 Gb broadband network for Austin, Texas

AT&T announces fiber optic 1 Gb broadband network for Austin, Texas

Google has been rolling out incredibly fast fiber optic Internet access in some parts of the country offering bandwidth in the area of 1 Gbps. AT&T announced today that it plans to roll out the first all fiber 1 Gb broadband network in Austin, Texas. Austin has become a city with a huge number of high-technology companies including a manufacturing plant used by Samsung to build chips for smartphones.

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C Spire “Fiber to the Home” makes communities beg for Gigabit Internet

C Spire “Fiber to the Home” makes communities beg for Gigabit Internet

Internet services provider C Spire announced this week it will begin rolling out gigabit Internet service to homes in Ridgeland, Mississippi sometime in 2014. Billing the move as a step towards creating the "Silicon South", C Spire chose Ridgeland because government officials and civic leaders had stepped up to welcome the company in. That model - in which customers, not companies, are placed in a position to lobby for the contract - echoes Google's approach when it started announcing Google Fiber last year.

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Twin-beam signals send data 4x faster than conventional speeds

Twin-beam signals send data 4x faster than conventional speeds

Many researchers over the years have worked towards increasing data speeds, something that has had breakthroughs in various ways over the years. The latest one involves a method the creators say is a simple concept, but one that - for whatever reason - was never done. By creating mirrored beams of light that cancel out noise, the researchers sent a 400GB/s signal down nearly 8,000 miles of fiber optic cables.

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Cuba reportedly fires up underwater fiber optic cable for first time

Cuba reportedly fires up underwater fiber optic cable for first time

As odd as it may seem, Cuba is working its way into headlines today. We're hearing reports that Cuba has finally fired up its underwater fiber optic cable that stretches all the way to Venezuela, perhaps giving some residents their first taste of fiber optic Internet. The report comes from Internet tracking company Renesys, which says that in recent days, Cuba's ping times have been improving.

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Google Fiber web plan revealed for $70/mo

Google Fiber web plan revealed for $70/mo

Now that Google's fiber optic service is official, it's time to talk about plans. Google Fiber has three plans for consumers to pick from - one with TV & Gigabit Internet, one with just Gigabit Internet, one with free Internet - and here we're going to be talking about the second one on that list. If you want to take advantage of Google's fiber optic network but don't require a plan that includes TV service, this is the one for you.

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Google Fiber hits Kansas City in just over a week

Google Fiber hits Kansas City in just over a week

The folks in Kansas City, Kansas here in the United States are about to get the web at 100 times the speed most Americans have on average today. The release date for Google's Fiber program has been set today at July 26th, a little over a week from today, this just a bit more than a year since the project was first announced. With speeds this fast, we'll have to see what the city will do it it all - perhaps streaming video will become more popular than television at a rate greater than the rest of the world - speedy!

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