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First city to get Google Fiber also first to lose free Internet

First city to get Google Fiber also first to lose free Internet

Some things are indeed just too good to last and what can be better than free Internet? That might have been the privilege that Kansas City enjoyed being the first to get Google Fiber. While the service wasn't completely free, as it required a rather hefty but one-time $300 installation fee. Soon, however, it might be good news/bad news for Kansas as Fiber, now directly under Alphabet, reportedly will be waiving the installation fee but, in exchange, will be charging a monthly subscription, but for faster speeds too.

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Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Google’s new landline: the Fiber Phone

Today Google announces the Fiber Phone, a service that uses your home internet connection to act as a landline (and your mobile device, too). Just like you had when you were a kid, but VoIP. A phone that stays at home. Or it can go with you - whatever you want. The Fiber Phone "lives in the cloud" says Google, and it'll ring at home when you're at home, or in your pocket when you're out of the house.

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Comcast gets Oregon tax break made for Google Fiber

Comcast gets Oregon tax break made for Google Fiber

Comcast has been granted a tax break in Oregon that was originally intended for Google Fiber and other service providers offering affordable gigabit Internet to consumers. The tax break, which the Oregon Public Utility Commission has ruled Comcast as eligible for, was brought about for companies that would be making large investments into the state’s infrastructure and more, something critics say Comcast is not doing.

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AT&T files lawsuit to hinder Google Fiber in Louisville

AT&T files lawsuit to hinder Google Fiber in Louisville

The people of Louisville, Kentucky have no doubt been excited at the prospect of getting Google Fiber in their city. Last September, Google announced that they were in talks to bring their gigabit internet speeds to the city, along with two others. Unfortunately, AT&T isn't happy about one of the agreements that the city has made, and has filed a lawsuit against them.

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Google Fiber’s heading to some San Francisco homes

Google Fiber’s heading to some San Francisco homes

Coming on the heels of its Huntsville, Alabama announcement is new word from Google about its Fiber service: it’ll soon be rolling out in parts of San Francisco, doing so using some existing fiber infrastructure. Google is taking the same route in Huntsville, where it will in part be using the city’s own in-development fiber network to deliver the Google Fiber Internet service. In this case, Google will be using an existing network to bring service to some residents’ homes.

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Google Fiber is getting no love in Austin, Texas

Google Fiber is getting no love in Austin, Texas

If you mention Google Fiber in most places, you'll generally get one of two responses. Either people will be excited, because they're getting (or have already gotten) the high speed service, or people are sad that the company hasn't picked their city to get it. But in Austin, Texas, you'll get a very different reaction.

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Google Fiber’s heading to Huntsville, Alabama

Google Fiber’s heading to Huntsville, Alabama

Google has announced another city set to get its Google Fiber service: Huntsville, Alabama. The plans were revealed today by Google and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; it will involve the Huntsville Utilities’ fiber network, something the city had decided to build back in 2014. The city had sought fiber providers who may be interested in coming to the city, and Google apparently expressed such interest.

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Google Fiber service to be provided in public housing

Google Fiber service to be provided in public housing

Internet is an important part of modern life, often being necessary for applying to jobs and, in some cases, working those jobs, not to mention educational requirements and banking. Google pointed out the necessity in a statement today, saying that for low-income families, something as simple as having or not having Internet access can be the deciding factor between “thriving or falling behind."

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Google fiber tipped to gain voice services

Google fiber tipped to gain voice services

Google has been rolling out its Google Fiber internet service around the country slowly and much to the chagrin of internet providers already in place in the cities Google has chosen. Reports indicate that Google is now set to add a new voice service that some people in Google Fiber cities can opt for.

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Google Fiber adds Los Angeles, Chicago to potential cities list

Google Fiber adds Los Angeles, Chicago to potential cities list

Google has revealed that two of the largest cities so far have been added to the list of potential candidate location for its gigabit internet service, Google Fiber: Los Angeles and Chicago. Google says the two metropolitans are the largest they've begun talks with so far, and with the help of city officials the company will start its process to determine if Fiber can be rolled out there. There's already a number of other cities on Google's potential list, and unfortunately there's no timeframe for when Fiber might be rolled out in the populated hubs.

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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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“A” is for Access, Alphabet’s potpourri of subsidiaries

“A” is for Access, Alphabet’s potpourri of subsidiaries

Ever since the Alphabet announcement, Google and its former operations and projects have been undergoing a massive restructuring. Some, like Life Sciences, Nest, and Google itself, we already know by name. Some, however, are still trying to find their proper place in the grander scheme of things. Some of those seem to have found a temporary home in Access, or more formally, Access and Energy, a mishmash of projects all lumped together and somewhat loosely linked to one major Google business that has almost gone silent: Fiber.

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