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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  

AT&T sues Louisville to stop Google Fiber from using its utility poles

AT&T’s lawsuit in US District Court in Louisville says the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government’s ordinance is invalid because it conflicts with and is preempted by the Federal Communications Commission’s pole attachment regulations. AT&T also argues that under Kentucky law, only the state Public Service Commission has jurisdiction to regulate pole attachments. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

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

Comcast begs Atlanta customers not to switch to Google Fiber

Comcast’s mailing touts “The fastest in-home Wi-Fi,” “9X more FREE TV shows and movies On Demand,” “DVR recordings to go,” and the “X1 voice remote” as features that Google Fiber doesn’t offer. Notably absent from the Comcast/Google Fiber comparison are prices and data caps. Google Fiber offers gigabit downloads and uploads for $70 a month, without any monthly data caps. “Basic Internet” of 100Mbps costs $50 for Google customers in Atlanta. […] Comcast does provide a 2Gbps fiber service in Atlanta, but the standard price is $300 a month with $1,000 in startup fees (and no data cap). – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

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

Google Fiber considering Irvine, Louisville, and San Diego for expansion

photo: Engadget

The company stated on its Google Fiber blog on Thursday that it hopes to enter a joint planning process with the cities of Irvine, California; Louisville, Kentucky; and San Diego, California. […] This isn’t a guarantee that the cities will actually receive the service (just as Portland, San Jose and Phoenix are still in the planning stages), only that Google is considering expansion into those regions. – Andrew Tarantola, Engadget

Google expands free Internet service for public housing residents to all Fiber markets

Google cites a Pew Research Center study from last month that found 26 percent of households earning less than $30,000 per year don’t access the Internet, compared to just 3 percent of adults with annual incomes over $75,000. The company goes on to say that “people can only take advantage of the many benefits of the Web when they understand why it matters and know how to use it.” – Emil Protalinski, VentureBeat

Comcast starts offering 2Gbps service after being forced to compete

Although the history of municipal fiber projects has been hit-or-miss, the one in Chattanooga was such a rousing success that Comcast and other ISPs successfully lobbied the Tennessee state legislature to pass a bill that restricted its expansion into new areas. All the same, that hasn’t stopped residents in Chattanooga from enjoying the network, which has now forced Comcast to compete for customers with a high-speed service of its own. […] What does this tell us? Well, it tells us that the rules of Economics 101 function exactly as we’d expect them to. Markets that have competition between at least two providers will see better services and lower prices. – Brad Reed, BGR

Report: Google Wireless cellular announcement is imminent

Google will have a hard time being “disruptive” when it’s only reselling someone else’s service. Any Sprint and T-Mobile MVNO would be at the mercy of… Sprint and T-Mobile. Google Fiber is disruptive because Google is using a different data delivery technology—fiber optic—and doing all the hard work of ground-up network building, which gives it full control over everything. By owning everything, Google can sell high speeds for low prices, and shake up the competition in cities it offers service. Reselling service on Sprint and T-Mobile’s existing networks doesn’t leave that much room to be different. Some customers might have a lower bill, but we don’t see how it will be the “10x” improvement Google usually shoots for. – Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica
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