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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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Google Fiber lure dangled in front of three new cities

Google Fiber lure dangled in front of three new cities

Google Fiber has been dangled as a possible future service in a handful of new cities, with Google announcing that it is working with officials in Oklahoma City, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida to possibly expand its service into those cities. While Google now has a bit more competition in the gigabit-Internet market than it did when Fiber first arrived, it is still a coveted service in many eyes, one that many cities have tried to entice.

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Google Fiber to flow into Irvine, Louisville, San Diego

Google Fiber to flow into Irvine, Louisville, San Diego

While there is a growing demand for even just basic Internet access in some countries, more commercialized markets, like the US for example, are already clamoring for even higher speed connections. Naturally, Google, whose entire business hinges on being connected to the Net, has a vested interest in making that happen, hence Google Fiber. Now Google is announcing that it is looking into bringing the highly elusive beast into rvine, CA, Louisville, KY, and San Diego, CA. That is, provided they do meet the necessary requirements.

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Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is coming to San Antonio, Texas

Google Fiber is about to roll out into its largest city so far: San Antonio, Texas. This is the latest in Google’s slow-growing ultra-fast Internet service, which has already been available in several cities and is slated to roll out in many more. Google cites San Antonio as being a big and still growing tech hub, one that is drawing in more tech jobs through things like the Tech Hire initiative. Sibling city Austin, TX has already enjoyed Google Fiber service.

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Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

Google says Fiber and Nest are “longer-term sources of revenue”

This afternoon Google suggested that three of their earlier stage products were under "tight governance." These products were Fiber, Google Life Sciences, and Nest - all products which the company suggested weren't about to be big cash sources for the company any time soon. Meanwhile Google's confidence in mobile was unabated - this Android-based part of their company was doing extraordinarily well, so said both Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer for the company, and Omid Kordestani, Chief Business Officer for the company.

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White House announces ConnectHome initiative to bring internet to low-income homes

White House announces ConnectHome initiative to bring internet to low-income homes

The Obama administration has announced a program today that aims to increase the number of low-income households who have access to high-speed internet. The initiative is called ConnectHome, and will see Google, along with internet service providers including Cox, Sprint, and Century Link bring broadband service that is either free or at a very cheap price to 275,000 families across the US, in 27 cities.

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Nest buried its biggest Google and YouTube news

Nest buried its biggest Google and YouTube news

Nest may have had our attention with Nest Cam yesterday, but the company didn't even mention its big Google Fiber and YouTube news. Google may now own Nest, but that didn't earn it more than a fleeting mention of Brillo and Weave, the Internet-of-Things networking standards announced at I/O last month. Arguably more interesting, though, is how Nest Cam will stream directly to YouTube.

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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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Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Google jabs TWC, tells cities to make Fiber rollout easier

Consumers are tired of shelling out relatively high figures for slow Internet speeds, and Google Fiber has long been the glimmer of light on the horizon promising better things for the digital generation. Still, its launch has been metered and to those waiting for it to come their way, every aspect of the rollout appears to be painfully slow, from selecting where it will arrive next to getting it finally up and running. A Google executive recently told cities that if they want Fiber, they're going to need to make the process easier...taking a jab at Time Warner Cable in the process.

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