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Google Fiber spread: 34 cities in 9 metro areas up for bid

Google Fiber spread: 34 cities in 9 metro areas up for bid

Today Google has let it be known that a collection of cities and metropolitan areas will be ready to roll for Google Fiber sooner than later. Potential cities on the map include areas in and around Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and San Jose. Already-included cities - if you somehow missed it - include Kansas City, Austin, and Provo.

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“Fiberhoods”, RFIs cities’ latest gambit for gigabit Internet

“Fiberhoods”, RFIs cities’ latest gambit for gigabit Internet

Most of the world is still without gigabit Internet, and ISPs aren't exactly flocking to bring that super-high-speed connectivity to cities. Start-up costs are just too unwieldy to attract ISPs to lay the fiber-optic networks necessary for operation, and the usual market forces aren't supplying the necessary impetus to get things moving in most locations. Meanwhile, many cities pay up to 34 times as much for plain-old high-speed Internet than other cities pay for gigabit Internet. That's why some cities in the United States are turning to some creative and focused maneuvering to help change the tide.

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Google buys fiber internet system in Utah for one dollar

Google buys fiber internet system in Utah for one dollar

It's not secret that Google's Fiber Internet program is growing by leaps and bounds - and here in Provo, Utah, it's being initiated in a deal that's costing Google only $1 USD at the outset. This deal is being made by Google to purchase the city's municipal fiber-optic system that originally cost around $39 million to build. The Provo City Council will still have to make a final approval - this approval is expected to come to light by next Tuesday.

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AT&T 1gbps Fiber Internet announced for Austin, Texas: the war is on

AT&T 1gbps Fiber Internet announced for Austin, Texas: the war is on

Earlier today Google announced formally that they'd begin construction on a brand new Fiber Internet Network in Austin, Texas - and now AT&T is announcing the same thing. As AT&T announced today, they intend to build their own 1 Gigabit Fiber Network in Austin right alongside Google. Perhaps most important in this document is the direct mention of Google, with AT&T strongly suggesting that they get the same terms and conditions that are being granted to Google by the government.

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