Google Fiber could be coming to residents in San Antonio, Texas, where the City Council just approved a contract with Google and formally requested that Google peg the city as a designation for its high-speed Internet. Though it is not official, city Mayor Julian Castro is confident residents will score the service.
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.
Google's Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette announced at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference today that the company is working on Internet speeds that leave Google Fiber in the dust: 10 gigabit per second. Google is hailing this as the next generation of the 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.
Kansas City resident Nick LeGrande, who is 13 years old, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before an Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees game earlier this week. What made it so special is that the pitch was thrown from 1,800 miles away using a combination between a robotic pitching machine and Google Fiber.
In case you missed the last few, Google has gotten the go-ahead to roll out its Fiber Internet service in a couple cities this month, and now another has been added to the list - Gladstone, Missouri. Like the other cities, Gladstone's City Council had to approve the service, which it did earlier today, according to Google Fiber Community Manager Rachel Hack.
The Google Fiber announcements have been ramping up in recent time, with the last one having happened back on Friday, May 3, in which we found out that Shawnee, Kansas will eventually get Google Fiber. Lest too much time pass without another proclamation, Google has revealed the next place on its list to be bestowed with gigabit Internet - Grandview, Missouri.
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.
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.
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.
On April 16, we reported that Provo, Utah would be the next city graced with Google Fiber, followed by a piece last week on its purchase of iProvo, the city's ailing fiber network. The sale was reported to have taken place for $1, but had to wait on a final okay from the Provo Municipal Council. Such approval was given today, but not without stipulations.