Sonic, the regional ISP that is transitioning from a copper-based DSL and telephone company to a fiber-to-the-home provider, has announced plans to expand its fiber construction to Brentwood, a Silicon Valley commuter town that will join Sebastopol, Calif., in getting gigabit networks. Sonic CEO Dan Jasper told me last week that the pilot network in San Francisco is still under construction and he has no sense of the timing on when it will go live, but plans to head to Marin next.
The U.S. is taking a beating in the price of broadband in a recent series of charts issued by research firm Point Topic. It ranks 58 out of 90 countries for cost of broadband.
As the internet giants and telecommunications providers collide, their business models are adapting. The next big battle ground may play out in how we buy gigabit broadband.
As AT&T preps its fiber to the home launch in austin, we offer a lowdown on the technologies it plans to use to eventually deliver a gigabit.
LA is putting out an ambitious proposal to build a city-wide gigabit fiber network — perhaps too ambitious. It would require the network provider to not only absorb all costs but deliver a free baseline service.
When is a gigabit not a gigabit? Perhaps when it’s Google’s gigabit network? Speaking today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google’s Chairman Eric Schmidt said that the company’s planned fiber to the home network will deliver sustained speeds of between 300 to 500 Mbps.
Google has filed applications for a satellite farm and a video franchise license, suggesting it’s serious about rolling out pay TV services in its fiber-to-the-home markets. But what’s that mean for the future of TV, as Google attacks that market?
Google is ready to start stringing fiber for its gigabit network in Kansas City. The news is a welcome update to the project after the local newspaper reported that Google fiber was delayed over a dispute on hanging its fiber on utility poles.
Google’s Fiber organization is asking the FCC for the ability to test a residential gateway that has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It’s likely Google is asking the FCC for an experimental licence to test upcoming 802.11ac gigabit Wi-Fi technology inside residential gateways.
San Francisco is slated to get a gigabit fiber network in the coming five years, with the construction on the network to begin next year if Sonic.net gets the permits it needs to begin the build out. But those permits are far from certain.