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Google Hinting to More Google Fiber Rollouts

By - Source: The LA Times | B 25 comments

Google Fiber is not a hobby, execs say.

The LA Times reports that during Google's fourth-quarter earnings call, CEO Larry Page and CFO Patrick Pichette made it perfectly clear that its Google Fiber project in Kansas City is not a ""hobby", that the search engine giant plans to extend its Gigabit internet service to other cities. Google has actually made this very clear for a while now, and Eric Schmidt even admitted last month that Google Fiber is a real business.

"We're trying to decide where to expand next," he said during the New York Times' Dealbook conference in December without divulging any additional information.

On Wednesday, Larry Page said it's been great to see the success with the initial rollout in Kansas City, but the company is still in the early stages. In fact, Google is gearing up to add even more "fiberhoods" in the Kansas City area including Piper Schools, Delaware Ridge, Painted Hills, Open Door and Arrowhead.

"People just love the product," Pichette added. ""It’s not a hobby. We really think we should be making a good business with this opportunity. We are going to continue to look at the possibility of expanding."

Pichette acknowledges that consumers are "dying" to get Gigabit internet in their area, but right now Google is "debugging" the product and the overall experience for its users. Currently Google Fiber customers are experiencing 760 Mbps download speeds and 720 Mbps upload speeds.

Last week, 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. 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.

"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."

 

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    dgingeri , January 24, 2013 4:54 PM
    Considering we're at half the speed for twice the price of many other countries, we need someone in the ISP business that knows how to do business. Current ISP executives seem to be completely incompetent.
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    hewettbr , January 24, 2013 4:37 PM
    bring it to detroit
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    shikamaru31789 , January 24, 2013 4:44 PM
    I wish they'd stop teasing me something that'll never come to my area. I'm paying a ton for 3mbit/s DSL.
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    sliem , January 24, 2013 4:50 PM
    Bring it to California. I'm paying hefty $36/mo for 3mbps Cox.
  • 11 Hide
    dgingeri , January 24, 2013 4:54 PM
    Considering we're at half the speed for twice the price of many other countries, we need someone in the ISP business that knows how to do business. Current ISP executives seem to be completely incompetent.
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    Rahbot , January 24, 2013 4:54 PM
    Im paying just about 150$ a month for 10Mb DSL in idaho.
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    LemonMeringueTy , January 24, 2013 4:54 PM
    Baltimore sucka!
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    whiteodian , January 24, 2013 5:13 PM
    sliemBring it to California. I'm paying hefty $36/mo for 3mbps Cox.
    That's a pretty good deal. It's $45 a month for the most basic in my area, but the speeds are suppose to be much better. $69.99 for the next tier up.
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    edgewood112358 , January 24, 2013 5:21 PM
    Reading this makes my cry a little on the inside... as I wait close to an hour for a 100MB steam client update on my 1.5 Mb/sec connection
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    jkflipflop98 , January 24, 2013 5:27 PM
    hewettbrbring it to detroit


    So you can steal the copper out of the connection boxes?
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    goodguy713 , January 24, 2013 5:34 PM
    here in indianapolis i pay like 54 dollars a month for 18Mbit service.. through At&t
    with that kind of speed you could run multiple streams of 1080p streaming content which would be awesome .. something you can pretty much only do with an in house media server at the moment.
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    Warsaw , January 24, 2013 5:44 PM
    jkflipflop98So you can steal the copper out of the connection boxes?

    You do realize Detroit generally refers to the metro area as well which by all means is not the same as Detroit. Also, if you follow what's going on in Detroit, it's been getting better and I believe we're on the path to revitalization (might still take 5-10 years).
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    warmon6 , January 24, 2013 5:56 PM
    hewettbrbring it to detroit


    Screw detroit, How about the entire nation. :D  ( I know, wishful thinking. It's would be many years before the nation gets that high of speed)
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    hewettbr , January 24, 2013 6:01 PM
    just saying, it could help spark accelerate the overall growth of the city.

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    trumpeter1994 , January 24, 2013 6:53 PM
    Live in Kansas City, and my Dad is signed up to get it. Have'n't heard of anybody actually having the fiber yet. It'll be nice though to come home from school and go to his house to download stuff.
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    hiruu , January 24, 2013 7:19 PM
    "The LA Times reports that during Google's fourth-quarter earnings call, CEO Larry Page and CFO Patrick Pichette made it perfectly clear that its Google Fiber project in Kansas City is not a ""hobby", that the search engine giant plans to extend its"

    But is it profitable? Google kills me with the stuff they do. It will be interesting to see what happens if they ever start getting competition in the search market revenue arena.
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    curiosul , January 24, 2013 7:31 PM
    LemonMeringueTyBaltimore sucka!

    Sadly so. And to think that Verizon stopped Fios expansion because it's not worth it ...
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    originalread , January 24, 2013 8:18 PM
    I second Detroit.
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    aaron686 , January 24, 2013 8:24 PM
    I live in Trinidad and I pay around $25 US a month for 1 Megabit download DSL...you guys are lucky.
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2013 9:10 PM
    $56 50 megabit Shaw
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    eijiyuki , January 24, 2013 9:30 PM
    There's a Google job requisition up for a infrastructure engineer for Google Fiber in Mountain View ,california
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