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Google delays Fiber expansion in up to 34 cities

By Himanshu Arora ยท 6 replies
Dec 19, 2014
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  1. Back in February this year, Google announced that it's exploring the idea of expanding its high-speed fiber service to up to 34 cities in nine metro areas, saying that it will reveal its selections by the end of the year....

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  2. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,009   +3,503

    Google must believe net neutrality is going to work out it they are rolling out so slowly. At this rate it will be 2025 before they cover the nation. By then gigabit fiber won't be a huge deal (assuming the comcast timewarner merger doesn't straggle the market).
  3. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 567   +206

    Nationwide rollout is probably not the actual goal. I really don't see Google ever being that big of an ISP and then there is plenty of people who believe Google is only in it for data collection purposes.
  4. drjekelmrhyde

    drjekelmrhyde TS Evangelist Posts: 324   +113

    Google need to pull the ISP's bluff and say that they are wiring 10 major cities. The ISPs in those cities will shiat bricks trying to fiber those areas up fast to beat out Google. Then Google just say it's delayed/canceled.
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Why doesn't Google Billions buy out Comcast and then give all us on Comcast this so call Google Fiber!
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    Yes, they are probably waiting to see if the FCC makes the internet a utility. one of the parts of that means rate regulations, but no one really thinks they'll impose them on the internet. It's not as essential as electricity, heat or water service.
    It will however make everything cost more, for both the companies laying the fiber and the consumers. That means Google will have to run their numbers again if the designation goes through. Some cities that look profitable now, might not if the internet is made a utility.

    And here's another twist... Congress has the power to overrule federal rulings like the FCC would make. that means that even if the FCC does make the internet a utility, Congress might step in and block it. Who knows how long all this might take.
    It's not even regulation that's slowing down progress; it's just the threat of regulation.
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,009   +3,503

    I'm in favor of the what the congress has in mind. Preventing fast lanes without the need of title 2 reclassification. It's the best of both worlds.

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