AT&T Inc. plans to soon offer its ultrahigh-speed fiber service to customers in North Texas.
“We are going to launch this service in Dallas this summer,” CEO Randall Stephenson said at a technology conference today in California.
As the launch gets closer, the company plans to offer more details.
Last December, AT&T introduced the service — which it calls U-verse with GigaPower — in Austin, in competition there with Google.
At the time, Stephenson said his company was likely to offer the service in other cities.
“The economics of fiber deployment are really starting to look good,” he said.
In Austin, AT&T said its fiber Internet broadband network would deliver speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. Along with faster Internet access, the fiber connection Read more [...]
RALEIGH — While the city courts Google Fiber’s high-speed broadband service, Raleigh is also busy laying 125 miles of fiber-optic broadband that could boost Internet speeds for city government, libraries and schools – regardless of whether Google lands in the Triangle.
Google announced in February that the Triangle is one of nine metropolitan areas where it might expand its high-speed Internet and TV service. The network offers residential customers 1 gigabit-per-second Internet service, which is almost 100 times faster than most U.S. broadband connections.
Raleigh’s network of cables could prove attractive to Google, but the city is looking to roll out high-speed Internet service to government agencies, schools, hospitals and other nonprofits regardless of the company’s plans. Read more [...]
On Thursday, February 27th, Sprint turned on their LTE at the Wake Forest water tower, while this is good news for some, it is uneventful for most.
On January 9th, we reported (see here) that a tower crew from SiteSweeps contracted by Alacatel-Lucent, were onsite to complete installation of a longly waited infrastructure upgrade to Sprint's cellular network in the area. We have Sprint phones here at Wake Forest Fiber for business calls, and we too were excited for these upgrades to complete. See, Sprint is the only cellular carrier in most of Wake Forest with high speed unlimited 4G LTE data... There is a 2nd carrier, T-mobile, but their 4G LTE is restricted to the US-1 corridor and does not extend into the core of Wake Forest.
So we've been doing some tests, and we are seeing 10mbps Read more [...]
So a recent question came up, and has been repeated enough for me to write this article. The question? What is Google Fiber, and why do I need it?
So let's first take a look at fiber technology, some are unclear of what it is or how it works. Fiber is basically a glass cable, with equipment on both sides that shoot lasers at each other, which means it literally operates at the speed of light. Fiber optics in itself is not the newest technology, but it is the best, and has been refined over and over for the last 2 decades. There is still easily another 30-70 years left in the technology, maybe even more, but the point is... Alexander Graham Bell's vision of the copper telephone network is coming to an end and fiber is now the future of our home and business communications.
In addition Read more [...]
As we say goodbye to Time Warner Cable, and hello to NBC backed Comcast, news has hit that they will be increasing their DOCSIS 3.0 speeds to 300mbps down/20mbps in areas where it faces competition from Google Fiber. A recent example is an announcement from DSLreports that TWC will be boosting speeds in it’s Austin market by fall of 2014.
To put things in perspective, the top speed available by Time Warner Cable in Wake Forest, NC is 50mbps down/5mbps up.
As folks in Raleigh and Durham celebrate the big news that Google Fiber could be on its way, net users in Apex and Wake Forest are notably quiet. Why? Because Google’s announcement pinpoints Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Morrisville and Raleigh.
Not Apex or Wake Forest.
[In] Wake Forest, deputy town manager Roe O’Donnell is prepping a plan of his own.
“We have just set up a task force,” he says, adding that the committee was set up Tuesday – pure coincidence, he adds. “It’s made up of people in the business community.”
Those people include MCNC CEO Joe Freddosso and, along with contacting Google, O'Donnell expects the committee will also reach out to incumbents such as Century Link and Time Warner Cable.
“The trump card that we have is that we Read more [...]
On Tuesday, February 18th, Mayor Vivian Jones of Wake Forest appointed 6 members to the newly created FTTH/B task force. The group will meet weekly to discuss strategy's on how to best get a gigabit fiber optic provider in Wake Forest. This announcement was immediately followed the next day by the Google Fiber announcement in Raleigh, and is purely coincidental.
On a personal note, I (Dan Holt) was one of the appointees to this FTHB Task Force... As some regulars on here might know, I have been researching what it would take to get FTTH in Wake Forest for a little over a year, so to have the town officially behind this is more than words, I am truly grateful and humble to be apart of this project, and have faith that the new collective minds of the task force can fulfill what I started.
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Over the last few days, we have heard a growing collective sigh from the area about the new Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Generally speaking, we are advocating the merger, as it means a more standardized approach nationwide for next-gen communication needs from the CableCo. That being said, we still believe in muni fiber networks, and competition from the local Telco's, in some ways we feel this will spur competition, as Comcast seems to be on the ball with their upgrades. In other areas, however, such as Verizon and AT&T both wanting to exit the DSL business, this will surely mean an expedited exit strategy for long time players. This will surely drag out though, and you will see lobbyist kicking and screaming in DC to put a stop to it, but in the end, TWC and Comcast Read more [...]
SAN FRANCISCO – Google is working on technology that will provide data transfer speeds over the Internet that are many times faster than its current Google Fiber service in Kansas City, an executive at the online search giant said on Wednesday.
Google Fiber offers data transfer speeds of 1 gigabit per second currently. But the company is already working on speeds of 10 gigabits per second, Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference.
Pichette called this the next generation of the Internet and said it was part of Google's broader, long-term obsession with speed.
Faster speeds will increase the use of software as a service because users will be able to trust that critical applications that are data intensive will run Read more [...]
CNBC reporter David Faber is breaking the news on Twitter that Comcast has beaten Charter to the punch and will be acquiring Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal valued at around $159 per share (valuing Time Warner Cable at around $44.4 billion). The news is being backed up by Bloomberg, quoting sources that state the deal should officially be announced tomorrow morning.
Charter Communications had been trying to acquire Time Warner Cable, but had refused to match the $160 per share desired by Time Warner Cable executives. Those acquisition efforts turned hostile this week as Charter moved to nominate a group of carefully chosen cable industry veterans and former investment bankers to the Time Warner Cable board.
It's very likely that if a deal gets done, Comcast will in turn sell Read more [...]
This week in NY, Time Warner Cable reactively posted a press release after news outlets got wind that TWC had just lost 217,000 more video subscriptions. Their knee-jerk press release went on about how they were going to launch new speed tiers in LA and NY this year, and other cities in 2015-2016, to the tune of 100/10mbps, 200/20mbps, and 300/20mbps. The top tier more or less will be powered by a new DOCSIS 3.1 release modem, capable of 1Gbps over HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax) much later in the year.
On the outside, this seems as a ploy to gain more confidence from investors, and to pump up the valuation of the company before a bidding war between Charter and Comcast heats up, afterall... Time Warner Cable has been the slowest of all the major cable companies in the US to release timely speed Read more [...]
**WFF Editor Note** Somehow this got lost in the sea of holiday updates. Regardless, I feel that this is relevant for our region, as Comcast has now made an interest in acquiring the NC market from Time Warner Cable.
Comcast tested a 1 terabit per second network between Ashburn, Va., and Charlotte, N.C., the first week of October, the cable giant and its vendor partner announced during a cable equipment show Tuesday. The field trial not only spanned 1,000 kilometers (621 miles), which puts it into real world viability, but it also carried live data traffic.
The test isn’t just about the speed. It’s about the ability to easily upgrade Comcast’s existing network while also running its normal traffic. The test delivered the terabit capacity on the same fiber network that already Read more [...]
Courtesy of Gigabit Nation: Broadband Talk Radio
There's a potential new channel for FCC broadband money, and you want a shot at getting some. If you're planning a pilot project for your broadband buildout, don't miss this interview.
On January 30, the FCC is likely to approve an order for an Expression of Interest in a program that will award Connect America Fund (CAF) money in one-time grants to fund pilot projects. How much money your project potentially can get depends on several factors including financial and technical viability of the project, soundness of the long-term business plan, strength of local support, community impact and overall creativity of the project.
Public utilities, community-owned networks and other "nontraditional" organizations will be eligible Read more [...]
Wake Forest Fiber have obtained info that Time Warner Cable will release 100mbps internet by “March” in the Raleigh (Triangle)/Wake Forest market. We did not receive specific launch dates, but we assume it will occur by March 31st to allow for delays. Stay tuned for more info.