San Jose Fiber Huts to be placed

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Nine San Jose Fiber Huts installed by Google over the next three years

San Jose is one of the ten largest cities in the United States having passed one million residents in the early part of the 21st millennium.  It’s much larger than any other city where Google Fiber has been successfully installed.  So three year estimated roll-out of Fiber to this grand Silicon Valley city isn’t all that far fetched.

One of the first things that Google Fiber will need in San Jose is a hub for all the connections.  Whereas you might find the infamous “Lawn Fridges” adorning the landscape in most cities, Google Fiber consolidates these into a small box known as a “Fiber Hut”. Each Fiber Hut amasses 40,000 fiber connections to the surrounding homes and businesses. But in a city of over 1,000,000 people, quite a few huts would be required.

Not every single person in San Jose will be getting their own connection, but 360,000 connections, or nine Fiber Huts, would seem to be enough to cover the city. The next thing you’re probably thinking about is, NIMBY or “Not In My Back Yard”. Fortunately each Fiber Hut will occupy city-owned land and centralized to each of the city’s districts. Below is a list of (most of) the locations and districts that each Fiber Hut will be placed into.

  • (01) Williams Rd near Moorpark Ave
  • (02) Hellyer Ave & Bernal Rd
  • (03) Bird Ave & Virginia St
  • (03) Guadalupe Parkway near Mission St
  • (05) Mexican Heritage Plaza Parking Lot
  • (07) Lone Bluff Wy & Oldham Rd
  • (10) Glenbury Wy & Thornwood Dr
  • (10) Blossom Hill Rd & Camden Rd

The installation of these small buildings will indicated to the locals that Google Fiber will soon be available in their neighborhood.  At which time it would be good to check with Google Fiber to find out when you can get access to the service.

Source: Mercury News


Google Fiber Wireless?

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Get Google Fiber Wireless where Fiber won’t run

You’re probably wondering how Google can construct wireless fiber and you wouldn’t be wrong in pondering.  The name Google Fiber Wireless comes from the transmission of Google Fiber data speeds without wires. Google is beginning testing of this new technology in it’s starting place of Kansas City.

One of the major issues faced by all TelCos in the United States is the mandate to provide telecommunication services to people do not live in a city.  For literally decades the rules have been on the books that this must be part of the roll-out.  But for those who live in the boonies, it’s only just barely begun to get better.  One of the ways that people who currently live remotely get telecom is via wireless.

The cost is in the distance

Running fiber cable out to Uncle John in RemoteTown, KS; 45 miles off the beaten path, is not economical.  But with a wireless signal it might be.  Google Fiber Wireless aims to point their antennas in John’s direction in order to cover his need without the massive cost. But to get started, Google Fiber needs a test bed.  Utilizing lamp posts in Country Club Plaza and a few other places, the Internet / Search Giant will test the effectiveness of the 3.5 Ghz frequency spectrum.

Peace of Mind

There is also a saving grace to the ideal of Google Fiber Wireless in that there will be far less trenching and disruption.  Many people are upset with the changes both to the street and to their yards, and reasonably so.  But with this new gigahertz frequency band, the speeds may finally be offered without all the hassle of massive undertakings.  This new idea may also be a cost savings ideal that can be passed on to the customer.

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The document offered up from the meeting of the City Council of Kansas City seems to show that it may take up to two years to get this project up to the level of end-user viability.  It’s good to note that Google Fiber is trying to make it possible.  Although the small chart doesn’t specify any specific location info, knowing Google Fiber we can estimate that if it works in Kansas City, they will likely roll-it-out in other cities as soon as it is viable.



Google Fiber Phone for $10 more

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A $10 Add-on from Google Fiber called Fiber Phone

For the 99% of the rest of use who have yet to gain access to Google Fiber, this new feature is just another distant dream. But for those who have Google Fiber and have been using a 3rd-party service such as AT&T or Verizon, your quest is over. Google Fiber phone is here, and it’s only $10 more.

Likely there were requests for a VoIP phone service in the early installations in Kansas City.  But in this future world of paying without cards and super fast internet, there are still some who need a phone in their home (or possibly expect to have one).  No one who is getting residential Google Fiber is using the service for business purposes as such is explicitly stated in the Terms of Service.  However, it is not unreasonable to see that some don’t rely on a mobile phone for everything (classic technique)

What do you get?

The Google Fiber phone service will include unlimited calls, both in and out, and throughout the continental US.  All international calls use the same rates as can be found through Google Voice. And all voice mails will be transcribed to text in much the same way that Google Voice already does.  Granted, seeing that Google Voice does all these things and for no cost, you might wonder why the added $10 monthly fee?  Fiber phone isn’t a software-only service; there is an included phone box for connecting both VoIP and PBX telephones.

And for how much?

For those who have the $70 / month Gigabit service, this will add a mere $10 for unlimited, bring the total to $80 / month. And for those who have both gigabit and TV, the total will come to $140 / month.  Google Fiber is betting that you can’t get all this great stuff for less, pretty much anywhere else. And so far that has proven accurate where it is possible to prove. Even Comcast, who offers a 2 gigabit service doesn’t do it for a cost that is comparable.

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Check it out: Fiber Phone

Google Fiber Progress Slows in Bay Area due to Competition Pole Blocking

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Google Fiber’s Competition is “Pole Blocking” them

Both literally and figuratively, Google Fiber’s competitors are “pole blocking” them from moving forward with the roll out of their gigabit service to cities in the South San Francisco Bay area.

There are two major internet service providers in the South San Francisco Bay area (aka Silicon Valley); AT&T and Comcast.  These two are some of the largest providers in the nation and do not look kindly upon their most recent competitor from Alphabet. Google Fiber has plans to distribute its gigabit fiber server in several cities in Silicon Valley.  At least Santa Clara and Palo Alto seem to be in hand, whereas Sunnyvale, San Jose, and Google home city of Mountain View Google Fiber is finding it hard to make headway.

It’s not as though Google Fiber has no options for running fiber cables to the homes of residents in the trouble-cities, but that the use of utility poles is the least costly.  In San Francisco right now Google has set up a small lease on subterranean fiber in order to offer service.  But the same is not so easy in Silicon Valley. Some poles are private, some are public, but all are needed to make delivery practical.

A particularly troubling perspective in all this is the apparent unwillingness of the current providers to offer service that on par with Google Fiber, while simultaneously attempting to stop Google Fiber from its own offering.  Gigabit internet service has been possible for delivery to homes for many years, but the price point usually stood at between $3,000 to $5,000 per month.  Google Fiber’s insistence that such a service should only cost $70 per month has the potential to destroy the profit margins of the two major competitors.

Thus we arrive at the topic of the hour, “pole blocking” where those who control the poles, appear to have rejected Google Fiber’s access on account that the company doesn’t fit the normal mould of a telecommunications provider the way that AT&T and Comcast do.   There’s no easy way at this point to know if Google Fiber can appeal to a higher power or will just have to play some hardball to get the pole access that it needs.

For now, San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View are still stuck in the mire of bad competition.   Only time will tell if / when these cities will gain access to the best price per megabyte.


Google Fiber Wins in the Poles in Louisville

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Google Fiber gains access to Utility poles in Louisville

It might not seem like much to the average citizen, but to gain access to utility poles in any city for an Internet Service Provider, is a win. And in this most recent unanimous vote from the City Counsel in Louisville, Google Fiber is back on the menu. Sadly, if AT&T has anything thing to say of the decision, it may be an arduous task.

Starting with the bad news, AT&T has decided to sue the City of Louisville over its decision to allow Google Fiber access to utility poles.  AT&T alleges that not only does the city not have the right to make such a decision, but that if Google Fiber, or any other service company were allowed to touch the poles that it could potentially bring harm to AT&T’s equipment.

The good news is that not only is it in question as to whether AT&T can hold sway over the City and Google Fiber, but that with the City’s new “One Touch Made Ready” rule, disruptions (outside of the lawsuit) will not bar fast action to the new fiber rollout.

There’s no doubt that the City of Louisville wants to have a fast internet service, and they appear to be ready to take on AT&T no matter the cost.  The mayor released a letter stating that they will”vigorously defend the lawsuit filed by AT&T. Gigabit Fiber is too important to our city’s future.”

Although AT&T may want to keep competition down.  There’s no doubt that if they were already providing the service that the City wanted, that Google Fiber might have a much tougher time.  But as it is, Google Fiber is growing like a wildfire. Attempting to block access to the poles is an underhanded tactic revealing that AT&T may not be ready to support faster broadband to Louisville.

Source: Courier-Journal