Google Fiber's mission to bring 1 Gbps service to Portland, Oregon, has hit another snag. The service provider is going to delay the buildout for the near future, according to a group of contractors and others close to Google Fiber that would be working to build out the fiber network.
AT&T's Chief Strategy Officer and Group President John Donovan and Google's Senior VP of Access and Energy Craig Barratt are clearly disrupting the way service providers think about broadband and how to operate a network.
AT&T announced it is bringing gigabit internet speeds to businesses in Mississippi and Louisiana as its expands the reach of its AT&T Business Fiber service that offers speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
Google Fiber announced it will begin selling internet service to businesses, a move that will widen the company's battle against entrenched telco companies like AT&T and Verizon that also sell internet services to business users.
AT&T is continuing its shift into competitive mode when it comes to gigabit services, and is moving forward with its deployment of GigaPower into Louisville, Kentucky. Local news sources reported sighting the carrier's around the city, with AT&T confirming that its technicians are installing fiber in various neighborhoods.
Verizon has named West Roxbury as the first destination for its FiOS FTTH buildout plan in Boston, following the results of the telco's campaign for residents to pre-register for service. Beginning in September, Verizon will start building out network facilities in the northwest section of the community, and the first customer will be connected at the end of the year.
Google Fiber may have set Nashville, Tennessee as one of its FTTH destinations, but a group of local pastors are worried that the service provider will leave out lower-income families out of their deployment strategy.
Frontier may not have any presence in the Louisville, Kentucky market, but the telco is pledging its support for an AT&T lawsuit that's seeking to block an ordinance that would give Google Fiber a streamlined utility pole process.
Google Fiber set an ambitious goal to wire up key U.S. cities with fiber-to-the-premises services, but the challenge of scaling that footprint has driven it to look at other alternatives, including purchasing other providers and leveraging existing metro fiber facilities.
Google Fiber is acquiring Webpass, a San Francisco-based ISP that offers fiber and wireless-based broadband services, in a deal that will enhance the service provider's fiber expansion efforts.