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.
GigabitNow, a solutions provider for building last mile fiber networks, has chosen Calix's gear to power a community network at The Sea Ranch in northern California. Located along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast, The Sea Ranch is a popular vacation destination encompasses of 2200 homes. Earlier this year, GigabitNow began construction on its community- owned fiber to the home build in Sonoma County, giving the underserved residents of the Sea Ranch community 1 Gbps connections.
AT&T is giving business customers in 13 markets an opportunity to get up to 1 Gbps speeds thanks to its ongoing roll out of GPON technology in its AT&T Business Fiber (ABF) footprint. This latest fiber drive enables AT&T to more effectively compete with Charter Communications and Comcast Business, two cable MSOs that continue to encroach into the ILEC's business territory.
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.
Google Fiber is progressing with its FTTH build in Charlotte, North Carolina as the service provider has been granted 82 permits for aerial and underground network facilities.
Google Fiber may be successfully forcing the hands of incumbent telcos and cable operators to upgrade their infrastructure to deliver higher speed broadband, but its move to revoke its customers' right to sue the company in a court of law marks a disturbing trend, a Consumerist article notes.
Municipal broadband was the driving force behind Chattanooga's economic revival over the past few years, according to Mayor Andy Berke. A drop in unemployment, a sustained rise in wages and a boost in the manufacturing and tech sectors have all taken place over the last three years, and the city is seeing a minor boom in tech startups.
Google Fiber is slowly making progress toward setting up service in Portland, Oregon, with the latest development being city approval for the company's first "fiber hut."
Simply put, fusion splicing is the process of fusing or welding two fibers together, usually by an electric arc. What's compelling about splicing for AT&T and other providers that are going into existing buildings is that it provides for the lowest loss and least reflectance as well as the strongest and reliable joint between two fibers.
AT&T isn't letting up on its 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband initiative, announcing that it will expand the service in over 10 markets across its wireline footprint.