Google May Offer Outdoor WiFi to Cities That Have Google Fiber

According to a recent report out of Computer World and IDG News, Google may have plans to offer free outdoor WiFi to cities that allow for Google Fiber. Google recently sent survey requests to over 30 cities, asking for specific details about the city, including information on streets, boundaries, rights of way, manholes, utility poles, zoning types and the condition of pavement across the city.  (more…)

AT&T Wants to Expand Its “Ultra-Fast” Fiber Network to 100 Markets

Back in February, Google announced that it would entertain the idea of bringing its ultra-high speed Fiber internet to nine new markets. This morning, AT&T tried to crush that number by announcing that it would look at up to 100 new markets for its “ultra-fast” Fiber network, 21 of which are major metropolitan areas.

Like Google, AT&T isn’t saying that all of these cities and municipalities are guaranteed to get Fiber, but that they will work with local leaders to discuss ways to bring the service to their communities. In other words, there really is no sure thing here, it’s completely up to the local markets to get the ball rolling. (more…)

Dreams Crushed: Google Has No Current Plans to Bring Google Fiber to NYC Area

A job posting which was recently spotted online, reportedly pointed to unannounced plans of Google’s to bring its Internet service, Google Fiber to the New York City area.

To the dismay of NYC residents, a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Ars Technica that the company has no plans to bring Google Fiber to New York.

Here is the brief, but to the point statement made from the Google spokesperson.  (more…)

April Fools: Google Fiber Announces Coffee-To-The-Home for All Subscribers

If you love Google Fiber, are lucky enough to live in an area that receives it, and also happen to be a coffee aficionado, you may be interested in Google’s new Coffee-To-The-Home (CTTH) service. (Provo subscribers get Hot Chocolate-To-The-Home.)

Announced today, the program aims to deliver delectable beverages from local baristas to your home via Google’s “hot beverage backbone” (HBB).

Google said it was inspired to create CTTH by Fiber users who enjoy hot cups of joe while watching the news or reading email, and consulted  “java junkies, renowned roasters, and cupping connoisseurs” to create the best hot beverage delivery system ever. The company says the program works in parallel with fiber optic lines, and should be available to all subscribers soon. (more…)

Google Reportedly Moving Towards Delivering 10Gbps Download Speeds With Google Fiber

According to Google’s CFO Patrick Pichette, who we have the pleasure of listening to every time there is a Google earnings call, there is no need to wait another decade for 10Gbps Internet speeds in American homes.

In a talk about Google Fiber during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Pichette was quoted as saying, “That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen. It may happen over a decade, but why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait.”  (more…)

Google Opens Fiber Registration to Provo Residents Living Along Previous iProvo Network

The Google Fiber team has been quiet since November of last year, when installations were first taking place in Provo, Utah for a select number of residents. Well, Google has now opened up registration for the new service to residents who live along the old iProvo network that Google bought early last year.

To get hooked up, residents must pay a $30 construction fee, then there are three tiers of service to choose from. Tier one is completely free for at least seven years, providing standard Internet access with speeds up of 5Mbps down and 1Mbps up. The second tier is your popular Google Fiber 1Gbps down and 1Gbps up for $70 a month. The final tier, which also includes Google’s TV service with hundreds of HD channels, ability to record up to 8 shows at once, and a 2TB storage box to store your shows will run you $120 a month.  (more…)