Cox Cable upgrades to Gigabit Internet Service

Cox Cable

 Cox Cable Upgrades Internet Service Speeds

It would appear to be a trial when Cox Cable upgrades to gigabit service.  Not everyone who currently has access to Cox internet service will be able to get the gigabit service.  Only a mere 5000 customers will be tuned to the new service to start.

Cables companies can definitely see the writing on the wall and are moving to close the bandwidth gap before Google steals it from them.  But unlike Comcast, Cox Cable is matching the pricing of Google Fiber at $120 / month for tv and gigabit internet.  Comcast has been upgrading customers to double and triple the prior speeds in areas that Google has promised to install Fiber.  And these upgrades come at no additional cost to the consumer.  But Comcast is not matching the prices that Cox has moved to.

AT&T appears to also have plans to change prices for gigabit services in select locations to something more closely resembling the prices charged by Google Fiber.  But will they also be performing a tiny roll out, or a massive one like Google?  We’ll have to wait and see.

Across the board incumbent ISPs are beginning to feel the pinch from Google Fiber, only time will tell as whether they decide to compete.  Apparently Google’s plan to force competition is working?

Google Fiber Construction in Austin, TX

Google Fiber Construction

 Google Fiber Construction

Google is going “Full Bore” in Austin TX now with construction of its fiber network.  Planning, designing, and laying out those beautiful strands of glass capable of carrying your every whim via the internet.  Google Fiber construction continues unabated but may cause at least some difficulties to the citizens of the city.

The whole of the build in Austin is entirely from scratch.  Just like what AT&T and other telecommunications companies have had to do in the past, Google too is doing.  But this time they are laying the conduit of fiber first.  It’s no easy task, by a long shot nor is it by any means inexpensive.  But Google has the advantage of doing it all at once, rather than piece-meal like its competitors did.

Much of the Fiber will be laid underground via bored tunnels.  All the heavy planning that went into this project is a good chunk of the cost, but the advantages greatly outweigh the costs.

Like Kansas City, Austin is one of the first of many cities that will be receiving fiber.  Already dozens of companies have cropped up in both cities with the idea of taking advantage of this futuristic upgrade.  No longer will businesses and the top 1% of consumers have the only access to massive bandwidth.  Thanks Google.

Google Fiber Map in Austin, TX

Google Fiber Map in Austin

Google Fiber Map

If you’re still in the dark about how Google Fiber is going in Austin, one forward-looking soul has done you a great service.  This heavily populated listing is the full Google Fiber Map in Austin.    You can find your house or work place in this mess if you zoom in enough.

Each dot represents the permitting process.  Red means “make-ready” or a preparatory statement for the local carrying infrastructure. Green is “installation of buried circuits”. And Blue is for a permit to bury fiber.   The Yellow however is a where each Google Fiber hut will sit.  Google Fiber huts house 20, 000 connections of fiber, each.

Ref: Austin Culture Map

Google Dictionary Search

Google Dictionary Search

You may have intentionally or accidentally searched for just one term in Google Search.  If so you may have found that the first result is the definition of that term.   Although you can still search using the phrase “Define” followed by the word, Google Dictionary Search is getting more sophisticated to ease your struggle for definition.

The dictionary card or space that offers the definitions of words now offers an subtle, but larger indicator to let you know that there is even more info down below.   Such info can include translations, etymology and other definitions.   There is also a “use over time” feature that can show how the word has been used historically.

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