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FCC Wants Gigabit Internet Communities Nationwide by 2015

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The FCC wants a Gigabit Community in every state by 2015. Meep meep.

On Friday, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski challenged broadband providers and state and municipal community leaders to have at least one gigabit Internet community in each state by 2015. The challenge is obviously propelled by Google's accomplishments with Google Fiber in Kansas City which is currently offering gigabit internet to residents along with a streaming TV service.

"American economic history teaches a clear lesson about infrastructure," Genachowski said. "If we build it, innovation will come. The U.S. needs a critical mass of gigabit communities nationwide so that innovators can develop next-generation applications and services that will drive economic growth and global competitiveness."

To help communities meet this challenge, Genachowski revealed plans to create a new online clearinghouse of best practices to collect and disseminate information about how to lower the costs and increase the speed of broadband deployment nationwide, including ways to create gigabit communities. He also proposed working jointly with the U.S. Conference of Mayors on the best-practices clearinghouse effort.

As part of Genachowski's plan, the FCC will hold workshops on gigabit communities that will include broadband providers and state and municipal leaders. Subjects will include evaluating barriers, increasing incentives, and lowering the costs of speeding gigabit network deployment. The resulting collaboration of all workshops will inform the Commission's clearinghouse about how the industry, local and state leaders can effectively establish gigabit communities nationwide without breaking the local economies.

"The FCC’s Broadband Acceleration Initiative is working to expand the reach of robust, affordable broadband by streamlining access to utility poles and rights of way, and improving policies for wireless facilities siting and other infrastructure," the FCC said on Friday. "Gigabit communities can also benefit from tens of thousands of miles of critical 'middle mile' fiber infrastructure funded throughout the country by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program run by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration."

The FCC noted Google's success in building a gigabit community in Kansas City as well as a local utility in Chattanooga, Tennessee which deployed a fiber network to 170,000 homes. This latter new network created more than 3.700 new jobs over the last three years thanks to Amazon and Volkswagen. The FCC also noted the Gig.U initiative which has catalyzed $200 million in private investment to build ultra-high-speed hubs in the communities of many leading research universities.

"The Gigabit City Challenge is designed to drive a critical mass of gigabit communities like these, creating new markets for 21st century services, promoting competition, spurring innovation, and driving economic growth nationwide," the FCC added.

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    SmileyTPB1 , January 19, 2013 6:50 PM
    The only problem with this is that the internet providers usually don't want to provide premium bandwidth unless they can charge a premium price.
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    ddpruitt , January 19, 2013 8:24 PM
    The problem isn't the technology. The reason Google had to build there own network is that most of the Telecom companies are owned by greedy crooks who only upgrade networks when they need to spend money for some other reason. Google figured the only way to get reliable internet in the US is to build it themselves. Give it 10 years when Google has Gigabit to nearly every house that the government that's here to protect "our" interests will look into "anti-competitve" practices because everybody likes cheap, reliable, fast internet.

    Future Gigabit Add:

    Now with Gigabit Speeds!

    Small print

    $19.99 for the first six months, $149.99 + one child + one limb every month thereafter. Gigabit speeds only guaranteed for 2.5 nanoseconds a month. A limit of 2 MB a month applies, once you've reached this limit your speed will drop arbitrarily to speeds were you might as well break out your old 1800 baud modem. 2 year contract, early termination fee equal to Federal Deficit applies for ending contract early.

    (Then again this kinda looks like a lot of cell phone contracts today)
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    bison88 , January 19, 2013 6:53 PM
    Yeah, we've heard this before. Considering the FCC is nothing more than the ISP/Cable/Tele Co's lobby group, I don't think anyone believes these clowns.
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    SmileyTPB1 , January 19, 2013 6:50 PM
    The only problem with this is that the internet providers usually don't want to provide premium bandwidth unless they can charge a premium price.
  • 10 Hide
    bison88 , January 19, 2013 6:53 PM
    Yeah, we've heard this before. Considering the FCC is nothing more than the ISP/Cable/Tele Co's lobby group, I don't think anyone believes these clowns.
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    raidenfox123 , January 19, 2013 7:20 PM
    These kinda speeds won't be possible by the majority of ISP providers without major network overhauls to fiber. This would cost billions and realistically wouldn't happen, or would take 10+ years to accomplish. Hell for this reason Verizon Fios has stopped building there network out, cost was greater then what they were getting back in. Don't get my wrong I would love to see this happen but in reality one can't be so optimistic with what we have now.
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    bak0n , January 19, 2013 7:45 PM
    Only for the low low price of $500 a month with a 2 year contract!
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    bak0n , January 19, 2013 7:47 PM
    raidenfox123These kinda speeds won't be possible by the majority of ISP providers without major network overhauls to fiber. This would cost billions and realistically wouldn't happen, or would take 10+ years to accomplish. Hell for this reason Verizon Fios has stopped building there network out, cost was greater then what they were getting back in. Don't get my wrong I would love to see this happen but in reality one can't be so optimistic with what we have now.


    I've got fiber to the premise here. There is only Cat 5e from that point on. They could provide that kind of speed to my community already but the quickest I'll see from ATT Uverse is 18Mb. That's because they don't care to increase it until they get more profitable build outs done.
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    twelch82 , January 19, 2013 7:49 PM
    While I am all for gigabit internet, rather than creating mandates about speeds and locations, I'd rather see them make rules that enhance competition and cause providers to end up providing gigabit speeds on their own as a result of competing with other broadband providers.
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    phantomferrari , January 19, 2013 7:53 PM
    raidenfox123These kinda speeds won't be possible by the majority of ISP providers without major network overhauls to fiber. This would cost billions and realistically wouldn't happen, or would take 10+ years to accomplish. Hell for this reason Verizon Fios has stopped building there network out, cost was greater then what they were getting back in. Don't get my wrong I would love to see this happen but in reality one can't be so optimistic with what we have now.


    First off, most ISP's do run on a fiber optic network. Just not all of them go to the house/premises. Second, The newer iterations of DOCSIS can support 1Gbps, So the excuse that ISP's will have to spend a great deal of money to make 1Gbps work wont fly.

    The reason why there isn't a big push for 1Gbps is there is no need for it yet. However, with more and more companies push digital distribution (at least video games) and with the most likely rise of 4K video (which Netflix and others will want to stream) there will be a greater need to have 1Gbps internet connections

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    A Bad Day , January 19, 2013 7:57 PM
    ISP: "Gigabit?"

    FCC: "Yup"

    ISP: "Well, we do have a gigabit connection, though it only hits that speed for only a few seconds every day. Rest of the time it's less than 50 megabits per second."

    Customers: "..."
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    ddpruitt , January 19, 2013 8:24 PM
    The problem isn't the technology. The reason Google had to build there own network is that most of the Telecom companies are owned by greedy crooks who only upgrade networks when they need to spend money for some other reason. Google figured the only way to get reliable internet in the US is to build it themselves. Give it 10 years when Google has Gigabit to nearly every house that the government that's here to protect "our" interests will look into "anti-competitve" practices because everybody likes cheap, reliable, fast internet.

    Future Gigabit Add:

    Now with Gigabit Speeds!

    Small print

    $19.99 for the first six months, $149.99 + one child + one limb every month thereafter. Gigabit speeds only guaranteed for 2.5 nanoseconds a month. A limit of 2 MB a month applies, once you've reached this limit your speed will drop arbitrarily to speeds were you might as well break out your old 1800 baud modem. 2 year contract, early termination fee equal to Federal Deficit applies for ending contract early.

    (Then again this kinda looks like a lot of cell phone contracts today)
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    raidenfox123 , January 19, 2013 8:32 PM
    phantomferrariFirst off, most ISP's do run on a fiber optic network. Just not all of them go to the house/premises. Second, The newer iterations of DOCSIS can support 1Gbps, So the excuse that ISP's will have to spend a great deal of money to make 1Gbps work wont fly. The reason why there isn't a big push for 1Gbps is there is no need for it yet. However, with more and more companies push digital distribution (at least video games) and with the most likely rise of 4K video (which Netflix and others will want to stream) there will be a greater need to have 1Gbps internet connections


    I realize that, running it to the house is another animal, and ya sure current DOCSIS could do gigabit connections but the amount of bonded channels needed would wither at the limited capacity of there coaxial network. Under the current 6Mhz wide 256 QAM modulation per channel, conservatively I would say you could get a maximum of 25Mbps/per channel. So that would require 40 6Mhz wide channels a total of 240Mhz on a network that probably doesn't even surpass a max frequency of 900Mhz! That's a lot of real estate
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    ToKiiNz , January 19, 2013 8:37 PM
    i still have 3mbps dsl i wish i could get cable internet but then i'd lose HD and i watch more tv then computer screen
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    shikamaru31789 , January 19, 2013 8:52 PM
    I'd be happy with something like 12 mbit at a decent price, we have it in my area now but you pay a premium for it, heck I'm paying $40 a month just for 1.5 mbit low latency DSL.
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    mydrrin , January 19, 2013 10:11 PM
    Lets say it cost 100 Billion to upgrade everyone in the US. Who would do it when they make just as much as anyone will pay already. They have maximized the amount people will pay for tv/internet, the 10 or so billion the profit a year it would take ten years with no profit which is what no CEO will do for little gain.

    There either needs to be mandate and financing for the federal/state/local authorities to push the payment for buildout to 10 - 15 years. Without both these things it will not happen.
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    jn77 , January 19, 2013 10:30 PM
    The problem preventing it here is the monopoly by Time Warner Cable for cable based broad band and AT&T for ADSL/DSL broad band......... I think our state government needs to rip up the contracts they have with TWC and say go fend for your selves.

    10Gbit Ethernet will be in homes in about 5 years, at the data center level CISCO successfully tested 100Gbit ethernet back in 2011 and when I move into my next home, it will have Cat 7 10Gbit copper already wired in the walls.
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    TeKEffect , January 19, 2013 10:44 PM
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/2448575773.png
    I have FIOS in Los Angeles and this is a 4:40pm speedtest
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    A Bad Day , January 20, 2013 12:16 AM
    834ms ping to a server 150mi away, with 10.50 Mb/s down and .04 Mb/s up: http://speedtest.net/result/2360229658.png

    480ms ping to a server 100mi away, with 1.85 Mb/s down and .15 Mb/s up: http://www.speedtest.net/result/2448672010.png
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2013 1:00 AM
    This is a little thing called government regulation, it's where government tells big business that they have to do something that will benefit everybody, and threatens them with punishment if they'd rather just continue milking consumers for all they're worth while providing inferior services.

    Anybody who complains about the "big mean, anti-business government" ought to have their head examined...
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    A Bad Day , January 20, 2013 1:54 AM
    obama2016Anybody who complains about the "big mean, anti-business government" ought to have their head examined...


    Nah, just set their home internet connection to dial-up mode, and install a software on their phone to also restrict the connection bandwidth.

    ...

    Actually, that would be fairly lenient.

    FORCE THEM TO USE AOL DIALUP SERVICE! (and throw in a free 500 hour CD to sweeten the bitterness)
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    digiex , January 20, 2013 1:55 AM
    Quote:
    FCC Wants Gigabit Internet Communities Nationwide by 2015


    ...and I'm still using 100Mbps on my LAN.
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    madjimms , January 20, 2013 1:58 AM
    obama2016This is a little thing called government regulation, it's where government tells big business that they have to do something that will benefit everybody, and threatens them with punishment if they'd rather just continue milking consumers for all they're worth while providing inferior services.Anybody who complains about the "big mean, anti-business government" ought to have their head examined...

    I hear ya!
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