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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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Pentagon plans fiber optic link to Guantanamo Bay

Pentagon plans fiber optic link to Guantanamo Bay

Speaking this week on the future of the detention center and naval station set in Guantanamo, Cuba, Pentagon spokesman Todd Breasseale mentioned this week that a $40 million dollar fiber optic link is in the works for 2013. This link, said Breasseale, would offer up greater telecom access for those living at the US military base. The link would not, however, as Breasseale assures, be any sort of indication that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility would be open for any longer than it would have had the link not been built.

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60ms London to Tokyo latency cut to cost billions

60ms London to Tokyo latency cut to cost billions

Sometime this summer a mission will begin costing serious money and time. A three-ship convoy to lay new fiber optic cables between Tokyo and London will take off. The flotilla will begin to lay the first trans-Arctic ocean submarine fiber-optic cables. The three cables will cost up to $1.5 billion each. The goal of the cables is to reduce latency between London and Tokyo and to increase redundancy.

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Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

A Google patent application surfaced today, revealing the company's plans for lowering the cost and speeding up the deployment of its Google Fiber broadband network. The patent filing illustrates the use of a flat and flexible housing to carry the fiber-optic lines to houses. The idea also aims to reduce the environmental impact of installing the network.

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Google seeks permission to build 4.5-meter satellite dish array

Google seeks permission to build 4.5-meter satellite dish array

Before you get too excited, Google is not looking to start its own search and for extraterrestrial life. The photo you see here is of a SETI array that happens to look much like what Google is seeking to build near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Rather than searching stars for signs of life, it appears Google wants to use its satellite array to receive content feeds from broadcast networks.

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Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google announced that it will begin laying fiber today in Kansas City as part of its plans to build out a new high-speed broadband network that aims to bring speeds 100 times faster than what Americans have today. Kansas City was picked out of more than 1,100 companies bidding to receive Google's fiber network.

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Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Most of the active connections to this globe spanning network we all love to hate come in the form of cable or DSL. Modulated electric signals get transmitted over metal wires, coaxial or twisted pair respectively. These technologies transmit the internet as most experience it. Verizon has begun to break down this model with it's FiOS fiber optic lines, but they have been really slow to roll out. They've only managed to cover 10% of the households in the United States. AT&T isn't doing much better at getting Fiber to the people, U-Verse (where most AT&T fiber customers fall under) has even fewer subscribers than FiOS. Fiber-optics, while ten or a hundred times faster than the connection you're probably using, isn't available most places, yet. We wrote about Google's Fiber Project earlier today.

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Google Fiber Project Selection Process Delayed

Google Fiber Project Selection Process Delayed

One of Google's more ambitious projects, the Google Fiber Project, seems to be hitting some small snags. While Google wanted to get everything up and running as quickly as possible, it looks like a few unforeseen variables have caused the teams taking part in the project to slow everything down, and even delay the selection process for cities that expressed interest in running the Fiber Project. With an announcement originally scheduled for the end of the year, Google has instead decided to wait a bit longer.

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Apple fiber-optic MagSafe cable patent tips potential Light Peak support

Apple fiber-optic MagSafe cable patent tips potential Light Peak support

Apple has patented [pdf link] a combination MagSafe power connector and fiber optic docking system, that could allow future MacBook notebooks - as well as other devices using the same next-gen port - to access an external dock or port array and minimize the number of on-device connections. The concept is reminiscent of rumors earlier in the week suggesting Apple was looking to Intel's Light Peak technology for a future MacBook Pro refresh, taking advantage of the connection technology's ability to replace USB, ethernet, display and other cable types simultaneously.

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SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

SMU researchers working on fiber optic link to brain for controlling robotic prosthetics and more

There are untold numbers of people around the world who have lost the use of their limbs from accident or illness that have new hope of being able to use the limb again thanks to some cool research at SMU. A researcher named Marc Christensen has developed a new fiber optic nerve system that may one day allow for a functional link between the brain and an advanced prosthetic limb.

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