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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 Fiber coming to Shawnee, Kansas

Google Fiber coming to Shawnee, Kansas

Early yesterday, word surfaced that Shawnee, Kansas had set up a special city council meeting for later in the day to discuss whether Google would be allowed to roll out Fiber service in the city, which is located near Kansas City. We're not surprised to report that the council is over and the city voted "Yes," with Google making the announcement moments ago on its blog.

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Time Warner Cable combats Google Fiber with free WiFi hotspots

Time Warner Cable combats Google Fiber with free WiFi hotspots

Time Warner Cable is attempting to combat Google Fiber, or at least suppress the damage Google Fiber will bring to its business, by offering free WiFi hotspots throughout the city of Austin, Texas. The catch is that in order for you to take advantage of TWC's "free" public WiFi hotspot, you have to already be a TWC internet subscriber. Those that aren't yet subscribers will be charged a fee.

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Vermont’s ultra-cheap gigabit Internet rivals Google Fiber

Vermont’s ultra-cheap gigabit Internet rivals Google Fiber

Many are drooling over Google Fiber, dreaming of ultra-fast downloads and uploads that are zipped off into cyberspace in the blink of an eye. While Google's fiber network is certainly nice, every now and again a new player emerges to remind us that it could be better. Such is the case the Vermont Telephone Company, which is offering state residents gigabit Internet for $35 a month.

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