They are using power lines.
Broadpoint Amtech analyst Benjamin Schachter estimated in 2010 that Google’s Kansas City network could cost over $1 billion to build. But as GigaOM has reported, Google saves money on its deployments in various ways, such as piggybacking on existing power line infrastructure and building its own network gear.
But what might really be making the difference in Google Fiber’s deployment is its inventive to pay for the last mile service by encouraging people who want home service to get their neighbors to sign-up in advance, lowering the risk of deploying to a particular neighborhood. To encourage more people to participate, Google is offering free 5 megabit speed fiber connections for a one-time setup fee of $300, which will help cover the costs of the last mile service.
$70 per gig is incredible. When I was with MCI in the late 1990's, we were selling T1's for $2500 a pipe. 1.544Mbps seemed super fast in those days.
Article from November, Ars Technica trying to max out Google Fiber.
KVUE CLAIMING THEY HAVE SOURCESI’ve posted the requisite speedtest pics (see below). My first test was on Google’s own testing page, which returned 464Mbps down and 835Mbps up—the guys at the house had told me there had been reported speed issues earlier today and that these results are slow.
Now, Google Fiber is expanding, and multiple City of Austin sources confirmed to KVUE News Friday that we will be next on the list.
$#@!. Atlanta better be soon.
anyone have any idea what customer service for google fiber's like? for instance if something's running slow, do they send someone out the next day or do you have to wait a long time?
Our neighborhood was tore up not too long ago when UVerse put in their fiber. No overhead power. Any way they can just fish that $#@! through the pipes?
Disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm talking about. Just want the google.
When I lived at the edge of Hyde Park, and now in the Rosedale area, everything was overhead - power, AT&T, Time Warner, etc. Some parts were buried, but they weren't buried very far, just from a pole to a junction box. Wish we had buried stuff all over Austin, because it would cut down on outtages and improve the look.
No HBO + No AMC = No $#@!ing way.
Any infrastructure from Google will come at the actually neighborhoods unless there's preexisting fiber going to the houses which there's not. That's why they'll want a minimum number of residents to subscribe before installing.
Yeah, as I said in the other thread, uverse is gonna be $#@!ed when this happens. TW can still open up higher speed consumer tiers and still have competitive pricing, but uverse can't do more than 24MB/3MB in most neighborhoods. That will look pitiful against what TW and Google will offer in a few years.
Are they running fiber optic cables into a box on the side of houses?
Not sure I buy that about TWC - they have problem of shared lines. We'll see how fast they can get.
AT&T limits the speeds on their FTTH installations for some reason - but I'm guessing that they can open that up real fast when they get competition.
I hope google does come around here just so I can negotiate with AT&T again.
It's an expensive project.I'm sure it'll run into the tree fiddys.
As for U-vers,when we moved to UVerse when it first became available in our area, we were told that we were lucky and that AT&T was close to stopping U-verse deployment in additional areas beyond what they had planned. This was an AT&T store employee, so normally take it worth a grain of salt, however after we had moved over to Grande, AT&T's people said deployment in new areas was virtually over (summer 2011). From that article, it came down to money and where AT&T was going to focus its resources. I think they are planning on deployments to several million more within the next few years, and will be upgrading U-verse to 45Mbs and 75Mbs in some areas, but it sounds like if you don't have U-verse by now, you won't get it in the future, and they are going to just focus on increasing the number of U-verse customers in existing areas.
Really makes me wonder how bad AT&T wants to be in the ISP business, or maybe they make a lot more from the low-end users on regular DSL.
If I had to guess on where they would deploy first, it would be the area around UT and the areas like my neighborhood in the Rosedale area that have a ton of medical-related businesses, since that was where they were pushing in KC. You'd have a lot of high-bandwidth users in those areas who are constantly buying/using new gadgets. Up around 40th street and Lamar and then south of there and over to Medical Arts, you have I don't know how many little medical-related businesses and offices in converted homes or in the office buildings.
Plus, like I said, I have Grande FTTH here, so I'm assuming the same reasons Grande deployed FTTH here would be the same reasons Google would use to justify it.
Google does in fact dig quite a bit it seems.
It's used a lot and is cheaper and faster than normal methods.
However, I think Austin probably has some unique issues, namely the rocky soil.roadband Network Communications (BBNC) had tendered to use "micro-trenching" to roll out fibre in urban areas to be covered by Australia's national broadband network.
BBNC's managing director Joe Tokarczuk told iTnews the technique allowed fibre to be deployed in a straight line up to a "kilometre a day" - much farther than was possible with other methods.
He said BBNC could deploy fibre in Telstra's existing ducts or bypass them altogether, laying it instead in a "micro-trench".
The trench was dug using equipment that could be mounted as an attachment to existing plant - for example, a bobcat.
DSLReports has a fiber forum that covers Google.
Yeah, Austin is basically a gigantic $#@!ing rock, thus the billions I estimated.
Welp, now I regret leaving. Took three years but it happened.
I have a TWC "sweet deal" contract I negotiated over a bill dispute that expires in October. Wonder if they'll be anywhere near installation by then (not negotiating a new lock-in after that but would be ready to leave as my deal is a good price and I'll pay more after then).
So ready for this.
I, for one, welcome our new overlords.
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