Bright House is bringing residential gigabit fiber network to Tampa

By Shawn Knight ยท 4 replies
Mar 13, 2014
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  1. Bright House Networks has announced plans to build a gigabit broadband network for homeowners in Tampa, Florida, less than a month after Google selected 34 cities for possible Google Fiber expansion. Bright House President Nomi Bergman said their decision wasn't...

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    Why bring gigabit services to all of these parts of the US, and not have it at and around the nation's capital? Don't get me wrong, I love my current Internet speeds; they're the fastest I've ever had at 8MB/s continuous download, but I'd love a gigabit download even more. There's so much fiber laid out here for government buildings anyway, all it takes is for someone to expand on it slightly and rent it out to consumers.
  3. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Who knows Nima304? The capital probably has more red tape to cut through than most other locations I'm guessing. All that city and permit shenanigans. It adds dollars which don't go directly into the build-out of a fiber network.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +1,223

    I don't actually know, but it could be any number of reasons. It might be as simple as a good geographically laid out city, or the right weather for installing and maintaining the network. I haven't heard so much as a rumor of a city that gets snow being considered. Also, washington DC has some of the richest people in the country living there, which means the houses are probably farther apart and in spread out neighborhoods. That might also be why CA isn't where Google fiber has looked at making a network. Seems like most places are in the south and southeast. I'd guess dense neighborhoods with good weather.
  5. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    That actually makes a ton of sense, and are perspectives I didn't think to consider. All Google cares about is seeing if this is a viable business plan, and the best way to reduce costs and maximize revenue is to reach as many people as possible, while laying out as little fiber as possible. Adding on, the fastest way to do that is if there are no weather-related setbacks, making DC and Maryland poor places to start because of all the aforementioned reasons, and California because of all but the last reason.

    9Nails, I'd imagine that they'd have to get permits regardless of which city they choose. Some may be easier and cheaper to get than others, sure, but I doubt they'd look over a city if they didn't think that revenue wouldn't be able to pay for the cost of laying down fiber plus any and all city/state related expenses, such as taxes and permit costs.

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