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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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Google Fiber reportedly coming to Austin, Texas

Google Fiber reportedly coming to Austin, Texas

Google Fiber is already settling down in Kansas City, and it's been slowly making its way to more neighborhoods in the area over the past few months. However, speculators have been wondering where the search giant will take their internet service next. According to recent reports, home of the SXSW festival Austin, Texas may be getting a deal.

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EE lights up 4G LTE and fiber in UK

EE lights up 4G LTE and fiber in UK

LTE has gone live in the UK, with EE opening up its 4G doors to subscribers hoping for a little extra boost in their smartphone or mobile hotspot. The launch - which has hardly left rival UK carriers happy, waiting as they are for more spectrum before they stage their own LTE deployment in mid-2013 - sees smartphone plans from £36 per month with a device, while EE is also offering fiber broadband for homes and businesses.

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Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google Fiber signs multi-year patent deal with Rovi for TV service

Google and Rovi Corporation have announced a new patent licensing deal that will help Google offer a more complete fiber TV service. Google Fiber's TV service was announced last week as a part of its new fiber Internet offerings, and thanks to this new deal with Rovi, Google will have access to the company's "interactive program guide patent portfolio" for set-top boxes. The announcement says that these patents apply to mobile and online platforms as well, so that's something to keep an eye on.

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Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon doubling FiOS speed to 300Mbps

Verizon announced today that it will be doubling the speed of its already blazing FiOS home Internet service. The fiber optics service was boasting 150Mbps downlink and 35Mbps uplink speeds, but soon those speeds will be boosted to 300Mbps downlink and 65Mbps uplink. That's much faster than any other cable offering and faster than many of the wireless routers in our homes.

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BT boosting Infinity speeds for free

BT boosting Infinity speeds for free

The retail side of BT has today announced that they’re increasing speeds for BT Infinity customers at no extra charge. The change comes after the release of the new Openreach FTTC (Fiber to the Cabinet) products, enabling speeds of up to 80Mbit/s down, and 20Mbit/s up. Previously the maximum speed that customers could attain was 40Mbit/s down and 10Mbit/s on the BT Infinity 2 product, although new customers signing up from April 12th will automatically benefit from the higher speeds.

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Google pay TV greenlighted in Kansas City

Google pay TV greenlighted in Kansas City

Google's ambitious project to enter the competitive pay TV market has just passed the first of its many hurdles it must overcome. The search giant was granted approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to build a new network and infrastructure in Kansas City. The company plans to offer service in both Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas.

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