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Google Fiber kills TV service, focuses on broadband and YouTube TV

Google Fiber will no longer offer cable-style TV service to new customers, but it will continue selling broadband and urge customers to sign up for streaming video plans such as YouTube TV. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://trib.al/HiFEmb3

How the Internet works: Submarine fibre, brains in jars, and coaxial cables

Have you ever thought about how that cat picture actually gets from a server in Oregon to your PC in London? We’re not simply talking about the wonders of TCP/IP, or pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots, though those are vitally important as well. No, we’re talking about the big infrastructure: the huge submarine cables, the vast landing sites and data centres with their massively redundant power systems, and the elephantine, labyrinthine last-mile networks that actually hook billions of us to the Internet. – Bob Dormon, Ars Technica UK

10Gbps downloads and uploads over cable demoed by Bell Labs

The cable industry R&D consortium CableLabs announced a plan for full duplex technology in February, and the Nokia-owned Bell Labs yesterday said it has achieved 10Gbps symmetrical speeds in the lab in a “world-first” demo.[…] The technology is still in the proof-of-concept stage and requires fiber to be built most of the way toward homes, relying on cable for the final stretch. This isn’t a huge barrier because cable networks already use a lot of fiber. “By leveraging the XG-CABLE technology, operators can effectively use existing HFC [hybrid fiber-coaxial] cables over the last 200 meters to provide upstream speeds never before achievable due to the limited spectrum available,” Nokia said. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Google Fiber Has Only 54,000 TV Subscribers, and Sign-Ups Are Slowing

New data cobbled together by MoffettNathanson shows tepid growth among Fiber’s video subscribers in its initial metro areas during 2015. Fiber had 53,390 pay TV subscribers at the year’s end. That’s up from just under 30,000 in 2014. In Kansas City, Kan., Fiber covers 22.6 percent of the cable market, up from around 13 percent last year. But the growth has slowed considerably: It grew at 136 percent for the last six months of 2014, and just 78.8 percent for that period in 2015. In Provo, Utah, where Google bought the municipal network three years ago, Fiber added just 65 video subscribers in six months. – Mark Bergen, Re/code  

Google Fiber is coming to San Francisco

photo: The Verge

Google announced this morning that it intends to bring its fast gigabit internet to “a portion of San Francisco,” specifically to apartments, condos, and affordable housing units. Details on exactly where and when are nonexistent for now, and Google suggests that we may be waiting a while to hear more. What Google Fiber does say is that it won’t be building out its own network in San Francisco, as it’s done in many other cities. Instead, it’ll rely on existing fiber networks to provide its service. That may limit what Google can do and where it can go, but it also means a much faster path to launch. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

Google Fiber Coming To Huntsville In Public-Private Partnership

In most of the cities where Google Fiber exists (or is in the process of being built out), the company is starting from nothing — digging trenches, running new fiberoptic cable — but Google announced today that when it launches Fiber service in Huntsville, Alabama, it will be doing so over Rocket City’s municipal fiber network. […] If successful, this model could be replicated by Google or others to help bring service to other parts of the country where a city or county owns a fiberoptic service but is barred by state law from selling directly to consumers. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Time Warner Cable, AT&T lose yet another battle against Google Fiber

Time Warner Cable and AT&T recently joined forces to actively campaign against a plan that would open the door for Google Fiber. Of course, both companies would be in direct competition with Google, assuming Google Fiber rolls out in Louisville, Kentucky in the near future. Specifically, legal representatives of both companies were attempting to prevent Google, and other high speed Internet providers, from accessing city-owned utility poles. This tactic didn’t work though. The city council voted unanimously to provide Google with access and allow the Google Fiber representatives to run fiber-optic cable capable of delivering gigabit speeds around the city. – Mike Flacy, Digital Trends

Researchers Achieve Fastest Ever Data Transmission at Blistering 1.125 Tbps

A team of researchers has achieved the fastest ever transmission rate for digital information between a single transmitter and receiver, sending data optically at a frankly ridiculous 1.125 terabits per second. The result, achieved by scientists at University College London, uses a series of signal processing techniques to achieve the speed. – Jamie Condliffe, Gizmodo

Google unleashes free speedy Internet service on low-income homes

photo: CNET

Google charges $70 for the 1Gbps service, which is 100 times faster than the typical home broadband connection. The offer of free high-speed Internet takes one burden off the shoulders of the poor. “For low income families, access to the Internet can mean the difference between thriving or falling behind,” Dennis Kish, vice president of Google Fiber, said in a blog post. “[But] for families in affordable housing, cost can be one of the biggest barriers to getting online.” – Marguerite Reardon, CNET
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