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AT&T expands its fiber internet service to 38 new cities

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Today, [AT&T] revealed that its GigaPower fiber service is coming to 38 more cities, adding to the 18 metro areas it’s already available in. The newly announced places include Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland and Memphis, along with 29 others. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Europe’s FTTH Subs to Double by 2019

By the end of 2019, according to [Graham Finnie,Heavy Reading]’s forecast, that number should have risen to almost 62 million, representing about 19% of the 324 million households in those 44 countries. Of those near 62 million, Finnie expects almost half (47%) to be delivered by incumbent national telcos, with 46% delivered by competitive operators and 7% by municipalities or utility companies. Multi-dwelling units will account for about 70% of all connections, while 55% of connections will be based on PON technology and 45% on point-to-point (P2P) Ethernet technology. – Ray Le Maistr, Light Reading 
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Want Fiber? Do more to get it, Google exec tells cities

“If you make it easy, we will come. If you make it hard, enjoy your Time Warner Cable,” Milo Medin, VP of Access Services at Google Fiber told a Washington D.C. audience on Tuesday. […] Currently, Google Fiber is available in Austin, Kansas City and Provo, Utah, while the company is in the process of building out its gigabit-to-the home service in the southern cities Charlotte, Atlanta, and Nashville, and in towns in the Raleigh-Durham area. – Jeff John Roberts, Gigaom
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The World’s Fastest Network Lets You Download a Movie In .2 Milliseconds

A team from the Technical University of Denmark used a single multi-core optical fiber to transfer 43 terabits per second, making it the world’s fastest fiber network. […] It’s not clear exactly how the team pushed so much in so short a time; perhaps they used a protocol similar to Flexigrid, a way to speed up network connections over fiber developed earlier this year. Flexigrid does 1.4 terabits per second, which is extremely fast compared to what’s available commercially but the speed of a fat drunk turtle compared to the DTU team’s 43 terabit miracle, so maybe they’ve developed a completely different and even more advanced protocol. – Kate Knibbs,Gizmodo

The FCC wants to let cities build their own broadband. House Republicans disagree.

Two of the most famous examples are Chattanooga, TN, and Lafayette, LA. Both services offer internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second — 10 to 100 times faster than what’s available in most parts of the country — at relatively affordable prices. […] [Conservatives] argue that governments aren’t tech-savvy enough to keep their broadband networks on the cutting edge. And they also claim that it’s unfair for the government to use taxpayer funds to compete with the private sector. Unsurprisingly, this argument is heartily endorsed by incumbent telecommunications companies, which have lobbied and litigated aggressively to discourage municipalities from getting into the broadband business. – Timothy B. Lee,Vox  http://ift.tt/1jNWQMO

Local company pushes fiber Internet, TV

Empire Access, a company started in Prattsburgh in 1896, recently announced it’s offering direct fiber-optic connections to residents in the villages of Bath, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, as well as Sayre and Troy in Pennsylvania. They can offer a 100 megabit-per-second download speed for $50 per month. That’s about 10 times the speed most users in the area get, said Empire Senior Vice President Jim Baase. – James Post, The Leader http://ift.tt/1nJ01AD

Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet

[I]n an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. […] The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tennessee, where officials at the city’s public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices. A few years ago, those officials decided to act on that revelation. Like a publicly traded corporation, the utility issued bonds to raise resources to invest in the new broadband project. Similarly, just as many private corporations ended up receiving federal stimulus dollars, so did EPB, which put those monies into its new network. The result is a system that now provides the nation’s fastest broadband speeds at prices often cheaper than the private competition. – David Sirota, Salon http://ift.tt/1zQaRhX