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Comcast begins early rollout of gigabit internet service

Comcast begins early rollout of gigabit internet service

Comcast has previously said that it's working hard to upgrade its network with gigabit internet service, with plans to have it operating across the entire US by 2018. While it's scheduled to officially launch in 2016, the telecom giant has kicked off some initial testing a bit early, with its first cable modem supporting DOCSIS 3.1 technology ("Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification") having been activated for one lucky customer in Philadelphia.

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AT&T to bring its Fiber-enriched GigaPower to 38 more cities

AT&T to bring its Fiber-enriched GigaPower to 38 more cities

Lately, Google has been trying to take a bite out of the carrier business pie, and now carriers are trying to bite it back. For example, Verizon's LTE-U push, which is being contested by the likes of Google, is, in a way, trying to cut into Google's Wi-Fi offering. Now AT&T is now also trying to give Google a taste of its own medicine, by announcing its plans to extend its "100% Fiber" GigaPower service to 38 more metros, particularly in locations that Google Fiber has yet to reach.

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Quantum Teleportation record zapped over 63-miles of fiber

Quantum Teleportation record zapped over 63-miles of fiber

The quantum data transfer record has been destroyed by scientists teleporting data from proton to proton over 63-miles of fiber. While records similar to this have been broken in free space, this is the first time such a distance has been covered over fiber, leading the way to more practical uses in the future. This sort of "teleportation" is not be confused with Star Trek, instead moving encrypted data rather than the individual molecules of a human being or a Vulcan.

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Researchers double fiber optic capacity limit

Researchers double fiber optic capacity limit

Fiber optics offer incredibly fast data transfer speeds, but the logistics of setting up the actual fibers has stymied companies from rolling out the service. The further that data from fiber optic cables has to go, the less likely it is to be accurately interpreted by a receiver. This means that distance is a limiting factor in designing fiber optic transmission networks. Researchers from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in photonics, have uncovered a way to increase a the maximum power of optical signals travelling through optical fibers. By increasing the power, the distance is effectively increased, too. The researchers sent information over a record-breaking distance of 12,000 km without using any repeaters (electronic regenerators.)

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NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

NYC audits Verizon’s FiOS promise, finds it lacking

Carriers are being held up to government scrutiny this week. Just days after AT&T was fined by the FCC for throttling data, it's Verizon's turn to be on the hot seat, this time with the New York City government breathing down its neck. The office of Mayor Bill de Blaiso says that Verizon has greatly failed to deliver on its promise back in 2008 to put high-speed fiber-optic connections throughout the city, under its FiOS service. Naturally, Verizon denies the allegation and even hints that this audit might have ulterior motives.

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Google Fiber cleared for landing in Portland with tax law amendment

Google Fiber cleared for landing in Portland with tax law amendment

When Google announced which cities would potentially get Fiber, Portland, Oregon was on the list. Residents of Portland (like myself) were excited to have another option (our two main options are Comcast and CenturyLink) for Internet, and Fiber is a pretty exciting one to have. It slowly became evident that Oregon tax laws were the reason Google was balking at Fiber in Portland, but that hurdle has been knocked down. Yesterday, Oregon lawmakers clarified tax laws to clear the way for Fiber in Portland.

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Comcast’s ‘Gigabit Pro’ challenges Google Fiber with 2Gbps speeds

Comcast’s ‘Gigabit Pro’ challenges Google Fiber with 2Gbps speeds

Comcast is waging war with Google, attempting to one-up the Search giant on their ground. In introducing gigabit Pro, Comcast is taking Google Fiber on directly, except Comcast says their service is better. And faster. Beginning next month in Atlanta, Gigabit Pro will bring ultra-fast Internet at up to 2Gbps — that’s double the top speed of Google Fiber. Even more intriguing is Comcast’s planned rollout. They say by the end of 2015, around 18 million homes nationwide will have access to Gigabit Pro.

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Google Fiber hits SLC, ‘extremely unlikely’ for Portland right now

Google Fiber hits SLC, ‘extremely unlikely’ for Portland right now

Last year, Google announced several potential sites for Fiber, their Gigabit Internet service. Today, Google announces Salt Lake City is the latest to receive Fiber’s ultra-quick Internet, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham in the recent surge of Fiberhoods. Though Google isn’t saying when buildout will begin for SLC, they’ve been busy talking about Fiber elsewhere, namely Portland. With other cities playing ball, Oregon legislators may have just passed a bill that shoots the city’s Fiber efforts square in the foot.

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AT&T GigaPower takes on Google Fiber in Kansas City

AT&T GigaPower takes on Google Fiber in Kansas City

As Google announced their Fiber service would come to Austin, AT&T made a move to compete with Google for Fiber supremacy in west Texas. Now, AT&T is heading to the place where the gigabit Internet race started: Kansas City. AT&T is readying their GigaPower Internet for Kansas City and surrounding communities, the company said in a blog post. Those in Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, and Overland Park can now experience non-Google Internet at a blazing fast speed, and for the same price Google charges — but there’s a catch.

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Google Fiber expands toward East Coast

Google Fiber expands toward East Coast

Google's expansion of Google Fiber internet has been an affair to watch, that's for certain. What we've seen over the past several years is the lights turned on in Kansas City, Austin Texas, and Provo. Today, Google made clear that they intend to flip the switch on an additional four cities very soon: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. This would more than double the amount of cities with the service and would provide the first cities east of Kansas City the option to move in with Google's services.

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AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

AOptix’s laser-radio tech could be Internet’s future

The ubiquity of mobile devices is starting to push the limits of the Internet's infrastructure to the breaking point. Add that to the fact that a lot more regions don't have quality connections or don't have Internet at all, and you have a scenario where service providers are scrambling to add more and more cables, especially fiber optic ones, on land and on sea. But such installations cost time, money, and, in some cases, political will. AOptix's solution is cheaper as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere.

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FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

FCC asks AT&T to prove why they’re stalling on fiber

In response to the net neutrality kerfuffle currently being debated and discussed, the FCC is all ears to all sides. They are not, however, open to tactical positioning. In response to the yet-unresolved condition of reclassification for ISPs, which would provide the FCC with additional oversight, AT&T announced they would hold off on investing domestically, including their rollout of fiber-optic cable. Now, the FCC wants to know why AT&T is being pragmatic, and wants them to prove their point.

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