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Google: So Where Should Google Fiber Go Next?

By - Source: The New York Times | B 45 comments

Google Fiber should branch out to a nearby city, but the company could rely on its previous tactic of allowing cities and communities to beg.

Now that Google has Kansas City under its belt, the company is now trying to determine where to lay its Google Fiber broadband internet service next. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, who just shot down talk that he's taking a spot on President Obama's cabinet, said during The New York Times' Dealbook conference that Google Fiber isn't just another experiment.

"It's a real business and we're trying to decide where to expand next," he added without divulging any additional information.

It would make sense that Google use Kansas City as the central point of its Gigabit network, and branch out to Oklahoma City, Little Rock, St. Louis, or Des Moines. How much time and money it would take to connect Kansas City to one of these cities is unknown at this point, but establishing Google Fiber anywhere else in America just wouldn't make sense in a networking point of view.

Customers residing in Kansas City are just now receiving the service in their homes, as Google Fiber technicians are dropping Fiber lines from the main Google Fiber connection at the street. Rollout is in stages, allowing potential customers to choose one of three plans before their connection goes live. Basic service is free and requires a $300 connection fee, but Google is waiving this fee for the other two paid plans: a $70 monthly fee for just Gigabit internet access, and a $120 monthly fee for Gigabit Internet and TV programming.

"There are two stages to getting you connected. First, we'll pull your Fiber from the street to the side of your house; we’ve already done this for several houses in Hanover Heights. Then we'll get in touch with you to schedule the second stage, your in-home installation," the company said in a blog back in November.

Looking back, there's a good chance Google may simply allow consumers wanting Google Fiber installed in their town to cast their vote to local officials who in turn will make a request for information (RFI) to help Google identify interested communities – which should be even larger this time around. And like before, cities will likely rename themselves, people will make pleas on YouTube, and interested web surfers will conduct rallies nationwide in order to get Google's attention and free Gigabit Internet piped into their homes.

Or Google could bypass the drama and simply pick a spot. However as previously stated, Google should focus on a city near Kansas City to see how its new Gigabit network performs when connecting to another nearby town.

 

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    quixilver1 , December 12, 2012 10:32 PM
    They should go to some old folks homes. They are always saying they need to get more fiber.
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    quixilver1 , December 12, 2012 10:32 PM
    They should go to some old folks homes. They are always saying they need to get more fiber.
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    derekullo , December 12, 2012 10:48 PM
    New Orleans
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    Ironslice , December 12, 2012 10:50 PM
    Palm Beach
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    s3anister , December 12, 2012 10:58 PM
    This is good news, I'm glad to see progress being made toward faster internet in the U.S.A.
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    killerb255 , December 12, 2012 11:08 PM
    St. Louis! Lay it out down I-70 East!!!

    ...but then again, everything between Kansas City and St. Louis on I-70 is rural as all hell...
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    wannabepro , December 12, 2012 11:11 PM
    All of Virginia!
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    gekko668 , December 12, 2012 11:12 PM
    Tampa, FL
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    roadkill922 , December 12, 2012 11:15 PM
    STL!!!!!!
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    jupiter optimus maximus , December 12, 2012 11:21 PM
    Why not California? The fastest internet option in my area is 160kbs, which uses radio dishes.
  • 0 Hide
    kanoobie , December 12, 2012 11:26 PM
    Southern California
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    hoofhearted , December 12, 2012 11:42 PM
    Slidell, LA
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    dgingeri , December 12, 2012 11:52 PM
    Denver! We NEED and alternative to Comcast or Century Link. Both our existing ISPs are horrid. Please, please, PLEASE come to Denver!
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    langroyia , December 13, 2012 12:07 AM
    Sacramento.
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    A Bad Day , December 13, 2012 12:29 AM
    1% to 30% packet loss and 400-1800ms latency on my 20 Mb/s down 8 Mb/s up connection ($55 monthly), if the connection is stressed beyond 50% of the bandwidth.

    The only other ISP in the area charges $110 monthly, for a 4 Mb/s down and 64 Kb/s up connection.
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    A Bad Day , December 13, 2012 12:30 AM
    EDIT: Also, my ISP does not have a QoS. That means P2P and Netflix gets the same priority as VoIP or gaming. Disaster usually occurs.
  • 4 Hide
    house70 , December 13, 2012 12:41 AM
    Nah, I don't need it, nor do I want it.
    [...tries reverse psychology, fails miserably...]
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2012 1:01 AM
    Perhaps they should go to some of the runner up cities next such as Duluth? Yeah, Duluth would be nice ;) 
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    tolham , December 13, 2012 1:06 AM
    PITTSBURGH


    actually, they should probably hook up the entire midwest. that would greatly boost USA's national average.
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    shikamaru31789 , December 13, 2012 1:06 AM
    Google Fiber makes me sad because I know it'll never come to my area. My area sucks for internet, I'm paying for $40 a month for Verizon DSL, 1.5 mbits/sec and my latency is often as high as 300ms and here I am trying to game on this crappy connection. So much lag!
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    mayankleoboy1 , December 13, 2012 1:22 AM
    ^ First world internet problems :lol: 
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