When it comes to gigabit internet, the headline buzz usually involves Google and some mid or south western American locale. But not today. No, today, the ridiculously high-speed internet spotlight falls on Omaha, Nebraska where local provider CenturyLink is poised to launch a pilot service. Starting Monday, the telco’s Lightspeed Broadband package ($150 a month for standalone service or $80 a month as a bundle) will go live for nearly 10,000 subscribers and continue to rollout to a footprint just shy of 50,000 residential and enterprise subs by October. Further expansion plans for the greater metro area all hinge upon whether CenturyLink can turn a profit on the service, but the company will continue to sign-up enterprise subs outside of this pilot zone for the next two years. The path forward — at least, to us — is pretty clear, Omahans: vote with your wallet if you want to preserve the gigabit bragging rights.
Remember how Google Fiber‘s recent announcement for planned service in Austin by 2014 spurred immediate competition from AT&T? It’s safe to say telcos in other areas have taken note about the gigabit speeds and roughly $70 montly pricing, too. According to a Wall Street Journal Digits blog post, Vermont Telephone Company is now offering gigabit-speed service to some of its customers for the crazy low stand-alone price of $35 bucks a month. To keep things in perspective, WSJ notes that roughly 600 folks are subscribed (out of VTel’s total base of about 17.5K) and that the company is essentially going to be analyzing whether the current pricing will remain for the long-term. With Google Fiber to continuing to expand, it’s certainly promising to see how superspeed internet is trickling across the US — and how easy it’s been looking on the wallet.
Google Fiber offers download and upload speeds that are 100 times faster than the average consumer broadband Internet connection, and at a much cheaper price. The service launched in the Kansas City area back in July, which instantly prompted competing services from Time Warner Cable to boost their own offerings. The announcement of Google Fiber coming to Provo validates Google chairman Eric Schmidt’s previously statement that this is not a side project for the company.
So why Provo? Google Fiber general manager Kevin Lo explains:
“Utah is already home to hundreds of tech companies and startups, and many of them are based in Provo. In fact, the Provo area ranks second in the nation in patent growth, and is consistently ranked as one of the top places to live and do business in the U.S. We believe the future of the Internet will be built on gigabit speeds, and we’re sure the businesses and residents of Provo already have some good ideas for what they’d build with a gig”
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Google Fiber has a lot going for it, both as an ISP and a pay-TV platform. There was was one gaping hole in the service though: no HBO. Lets be honest with ourselves, its the big geeks that are looking to hop on that 1Gbps service first. And what do geeks love almost as much as blazing-fast Google-branded internet? Game of Thrones. Now Kansas City (and soon Austin) based nerds will be able to watch Joffrey become an even bigger monster live, rather than wait for some torrent site to get an illegal copy of it up (or, if they’re smart, mooch off of someone’s HBO GO account). Alongside HBO, Google Fiber has also added Cinemax: Home Box Office’s less cool sibling. The branded families of channels are both available today for $20 a month or $10 a month respectively. Or, if you’re a real premium TV fan, you can get both, plus STARZ and Showtime for $40 a month. Hit up the source for a few more details.
The Google Fiber initiative brings super-fast gigabyte download and upload Internet speeds to homes, but it doesn’t yet offer a business option. Previously, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said that Fiber was not an experiment and that Google would likely expand the project outside of its first two cities — Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. So it looks like that’s finally happening.
Olathe is part of the Greater Kansas City area, but this at least shows Google wasn’t kidding around and will bring Fiber to more areas. Choosing another city near Kansas City makes sense because the company will be able to move resources easily to sites there. Google also thinks Olathe, like Kansas City, fits the mold for places that will take advantage of Google Fiber.
“Olathe has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Kansas and has attracted an influx of new businesses and residents,” Google Fiber community manager Rachel Hack wrote in a blog post. “They’ve all noticed what a great community Olathe is, and so have we. We think that Fiber and widespread Internet access will help to create jobs, grow local businesses, and make Olathe even stronger as it grows.”
Consumers will be able to sign up for the service during a pre-registration period. Google has not announced when it will begin taking pre-orders for Fiber in Olathe and said that installation schedules in Kansas City will not be affected by the announcement. Plan pricing ranges from $0/month for basic Internet service (which comes with a one-time $300 “construction fee”) to $70/month for Gigabit Internet and $120/month for Gigabit Internet and TV.
Free Internet, Google Fiber and why this is for everyone.
founder of the World Wide Web Foundation
Free is free. Free is good. Is it still that way? Reading many blogs and speaking to some more people it sometimes seems as either free is not free enough or free is overrated.
Google, yes this is much about Google. Again you might say. Google has been amongst one of the companies named in support of a new organization called the ““The Internet Association“. The organization has been established as a communications and lobbying tool. The Internet Association is dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and FREE Internet.
Free, here it is again. That little word that seems to make such a huge difference. For some it’s on a positive note and for others on a negative. Not everything can be free and not everything should be free but there are some things that were born free, born to be free and were meant to be free and should remain free. The internet is one of them.
If you have watched the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games you would probably have seen Tim Berners-Lee’s message he sent to the world. “This is for everyone”. Tim Berners-Lee’s is the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation which is deemed to be the origination of the Worldwide Web (WWW). It is clear as day. Free is implied in this message here. A view shared by many around the world. It resulted in the formation of “The Internet Association supported by many mayor internet players as well as many other groups and movements like the open source movement.
Google has recently released Google Fiber. With this Google enters not only the ISP market but also the Television Service provider market. The project is ambitious and currently still in test and is only rolled out in Kansas City but it has already seen some great successes. Despite the fact that the program has only been live for a few days the competition is not sleeping and has kicked off big campaigns to lock subscribers into long term contracts before they can take advantage of this opportunity.
So why do I mention Free Internet, Google Fiber and “This is for everyone” all in this article and in one sentence here? Because it all is in conjunction with information about FREE. It is because the roll out of Google Fiber could significantly impact the landscape of the internet. Google’s offer with Google Fiber could still be better received then it currently is. In some of the less wealthy neighborhoods in Kansas City, it seems adoption is slower then in others. The wealthier neighborhoods have almost all met their goals or are only a handful away from meeting their goals. This is somewhat surprising to me as the service absolutely caters to a very broad income demographic. Adoption is somewhat critical to future roll outs of the service as it largely depends on how well the program is received.
Vast majority of Informatio, articles and blogs you will find and read about the Google Fiber rollout and it’s adoption and implementation will not only mention the amazing 1000 Mbps speed which should be a selling point by itself but also the possible inclusion or exclusion of television service. If you read the better articles and blogs you will also hear about the inclusion of 1TB, yes that’s 1TB of Google drive storage plus you will receive a Google Nexus 7. Did I mention that there are no data caps? Enough said? You need more convincing? How much will all of this set me back, you ask? All-in-all $120 Dollars. It drops to $70 Dollars if you leave out the TV package.
This is more then what you probably pay now for internet service. Yes it is. Even if you go with Verizon’s FIOS service you will probably pay about $25 – $50 depending on which package you choose. Broadband cable service can now be had for as low as $20 Dollars and DSL as low as $15 Dollars. Would be nice to have 1 Gbps but the price is not justifiable, right? Here is what I didn’t here mentioned by any of these blogs and articles. If you can’t or don’t want to afford the 1 Gbps super dooper speed internet, Google Fiber will provide you with a 5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload speed • No data caps connection for FREE. Yes, here is this little word again that can change everything. All that is required is a $300 Dollars installation fee and you will receive FREE internet service for a guaranteed 7 years with still faster speeds then your DSL and close to many broadband cable services.
FREE is the new free. How can you beat free. You can’t. The $300 Dollar installation fee comes out to be about $3.58 per month if you keep the service for 7 years. An insane offer that could not, should not be refused. I just hope that folks in Kansas City are aware of this. This is the best offer you can get no matter how small your income is. I hope that there will be a better responds from the lower income neighborhoods as a lot of what is going on in Kansas right now will layout the path of the future of Google Fiber and/or the lack thereof.
In my opinion Google is not just pushing the envelope with this roll out but it has the potential of completely disrupting the landscape of ISP’s and Television providers or really just about any Internet and Media providers. It could help connect even more people. People that have previously not been able to chime in and contribute to the internet and it would push and further solidify the Free with internet.
This development and the possible future outcome could not only spark an internet service and media service revolution but effect many other service and infrastructures. I already pre-registered and if you are in support, so should you. The more people sign up, the faster the roll out.
Yesterday, I have been browsing the web as usual. Looking for what’s new out there, something interesting when I stumbled upon this article on TechCrunch. The article was called “For the Single Founder Who Can’t Code”. I am in the market. Single Founder and want to code but I am still rather noobish, maybe I can learn a thing or two. Of I go to read.
It is not “A hitchhikers Guide to Coding stardom” which is what I expected and hoped for but rather some well thought out words of wisdom to entrepreneurs. The article was written by Mike Hagen who is a guest host at TechCrunch but that’s not all. Mike Hagen is also founder and CEO of Undrip. He was previously the founder of Zinch which was acquired by Chegg last year.
The article was insightful and informative so I kept reading. About the 5th bullet down this header came up “Money Can’t Buy Everything”. Now how often do you hear this phrase? Frequently touted as a myth and idealism this phrase is often quickly dismissed as crazy talk. Like Mike, I urge individuals as well as enterprises to rethink the strategy. Don’t be so quick to dismiss this idea.
Money Can’t Buy Everything
When you can’t inspire people to join you, it’s very tempting to use that cash in your piggybank to hire a contractor/freelancer to do the work. You want to pay to play.
That rarely works.
I was a design freelancer in college. I would ask for as much money as possible, and I would try to spend as little time on it as possible. That was the name of the game. Contractors just aren’t invested in the long-term success of your product. They’re gypsies moving from one thing to the next. The lack of ownership and commitment will cost you more money, more time and more heart ache in the long run.
What happens when your freelancer is “done”? We all know products are never done. So soon you find yourself back at square one, having to pay someone to fix bugs, tweak features, etc. That hole in your pocket gets larger and larger.
For most that’s just not sustainable. Sooner or later you’re gonna need to inspire people to join you. You’re gonna need partners, owners, motivated team members. A little contract work is never bad when you’ve got people who can maintain, manage, and build the product where it leaves off.
Something struck me in these words. I have been working for a few enterprises, fortune 500’s and cooperation’s and explored the self employed realm as well as the small business side of things. I certainly noticed that the larger an organization gets the less this idea is valued.
Why is it that primarily the small players actually care about what is going on in their business and how it’s is run?
Because they still have a vested interested in their business and product and it is not always money.
It has almost become custom for large companies, growing small business and fast growing internet companies to outsource everything for the sake of growth. To give people the the power to make decisions about your creation that have no vested interest in your business other then capital. A lot of capital, preferably with as less effort as possible and with a as large as possible return on investment. Don’t expect them to remember what the actual product is.
Now this is a very general statement and certainly does not apply to every business and company out there but there are many of them. I also noticed that companies that are rather established and have history are more likely to return to this “Employee value” concept and understand that someone who is not only working for you but also can see his/her life improve and plan for a future will be more likely to provide quality work and won’t mind to go the extra mile every now and then to give your product the little bit of extra “humph” that makes it stand out from the rest.
By employing someone to do the same job that would otherwise be outsourced and by reimbursing that person properly and with adequate benefits you create not only a healthy work environment and a good relationship but also a team with vested interest in your organization and your product. Keeping somebody happy, healthy and secure can be a very impressive motivator.
At the end of the day, it is about covering someone’s basic needs.
“Money Can’t Buy Everything” | “You get what You pay for” | “You receive what You give”
Big business and growing business do not believe in karma it seems.