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    Google's high-speed gamble in KC - KansasCity.com (click for full article)

    "Let's settle one thing up front: Google Inc.'s plan to build a far faster Internet for our homes could be, as the kids say, an epic fail.

    It's easy enough to see why the global Internet company would want to juice Kansas City's Web surfing with a little rocket fuel. The faster the Internet - even measured in fragments of a second - the more time people spend online. That means Google sells more ads.


    It's less clear that Google can make a business - an entirely new business for the search giant - out of a trucks-and-trenches job that even cable and telephone companies shy from."
     
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    good thing i live in kansas
     
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    Google Fiber work in KCK is delayed by dispute over how its wires are hung - KansasCity.com (click for full article)

    "When Google Inc. announced last spring that Kansas City, Kan., had landed the tech company's much-pursued super-speed Internet project, the company gushed about the local utility poles.

    They were flush with space nicely suited for hanging Google's cables.


    What's more, the city and county governments are one, and that same Unified Government of Wyandotte County owns the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and its utility poles. That figured to make negotiations over installing Google's fiber easier.


    Now it turns out that differences over where and how to hang wires on those poles, and what fees or installation costs may be required, have created a troublesome bump in plans to launch the project at "Google speed."
     
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    Google Has Started Laying Fiber For Super-Fast Internet In Kansas City (GOOG)
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    "After almost a a year of planning, Google today began rolling out its fiber backbone in Kansas City, and will start stretching the fiber to homes later this year to deliver blazing-fast Internet access and possibly pay TV.

    Google chose Kansas City, Kansas, as the first city for its Google Fiber experiment last March, and added the bigger Kansas City in Missouri a few months later.


    Google is hiring like crazy for its Google Fiber group in Mountain View, CA, according to job postings LinkedIn."
     
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    The real Google TV: Google preps fiber pay-TV service in Kansas City | VentureBeat (click for full article)

    "The company filed for a video franchise license in the city last week, the New York Post reports, a move that could give Google permission to broadcast content to televisions.


    A Google pay-TV solution would give the company yet another source for advertising revenue. And unlike the current iteration of Google TV, which works in conjunction with your existing TV service, Google would have complete control of TV content (assuming it can bring aboard content partners).



    We first caught wind of Google's pay-TV ambitions in November, when the Wall Street Journal reported that the company was in talks with media executives from companies such as Time Warner, Disney, and Discovery. The service would run on Google's high-speed fiber Internet service that's now being tested in Kansas City, MO, and Kansas City, KS.



    The pay-TV service could launch within the next few months, a media executive involved in negotiations told the Wall Street Journal. When asked for comment, a Google spokesperson told the WSJ, "We're still exploring what product offerings will be available when we launch Google Fiber."



    If Google does move forward with a pay-TV service, don't expect it to look anything like existing cable or satellite offerings. With its fiber network, Google has the potential to offer an a la carte service that lets consumers choose the channels they want. Expect on-demand services to be heavily integrated as well, just like Verizon's FiOS TV service. And you can bet that Google will make it dead simple to watch TV on your computers, smartphones, and tablets."
     
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    What does Google Fiber mean for the future of TV? — Online Video News (click for full article)

    "Google has filed for a video franchise license, which if approved could allow it to take on cable providers in markets in which it's hoping to deliver fiber-enabled Gigabit broadband services. The license, as reported by the New York Post and Wall Street Journal, was filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission and is tied to the search giant's plans to roll out fiber-to-the-home in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.


    The video franchise license application follows an application that Google submitted to the Federal Communications Commission a few weeks ago to build a receive-only satellite farm in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which is about 200 miles away from the Kansas City markets and close to one of its major data centers. Together, the applications point to a serious effort on the part of Google to introduce TV services on top of its fiber broadband plans.



    That Google would attempt to enter the video market isn't totally unexpected: The WSJ reported late last year that the company was out seeking TV rights from major content owners such as Disney, Time Warner and Discovery Communications. But it appears that Google is laying the groundwork to make a serious assault on Time Warner Cable, which is the primary cable provider in its fiber markets.



    But there are still some major questions left unanswered, as Google works to pull a video service together:"
     
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    Read another article recently that suggested Google would have to do this without the benefit of the Viacom-owned networks, since the two are engaged in a bitter legal dispute over copyrighted materials on YouTube. No MTV, VH1 or TVland would make their pay TV service a bit less appealing to subscribers.
     
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    Google fiber edging device could help it rapidly connect homes in Kansas City to 1-Gig network - FierceCable (click for full article)

    "Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) has developed a fiber deployment method and device that could allow it to rapidly connect homes to its 1 Gigabit network in Kansas and Missouri without having to dig trenches in the yards of subscribers, according to a patent application obtained by FierceCable.


    Rather than bury fiber optic cables in yards or gardens, which Google notes in the patent application "requires significant effort and time," Google has developed a narrow edging strip similar to decorative wall molding that would conceal fiber run from demarcation points in streets to subscriber homes.


    "The edging device may have decorative color or pattern on the outside surface for aesthetic purposes," Google says in the patent application, adding that "different styles of coatings may be separately available to the customers." A diagram Google includes in the application shows an edging device that is concealed at the edge of a subscriber's driveway, running from the street to an optical network terminal (ONT) attached to the side of a home."
     
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    Google Fiber should have to play by the same rules, cable operators say - Kansas City Business Journal (click for full article)

    "Local cable operators are concerned Google Inc. isn't playing by the same rules they've had to for years.
    Google Fiber Kansas LLC and Google Fiber Missouri LLC received approval from both states to offer video services in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Google applied to connect Internet-based TV services to homes, indicating a potential local play for Google TV, though Google has remained mum on its intentions.

    Both states require video service applicants to file identification information with the Federal Communications Commission. But the Kansas Corporation Commission's March 16 order said Google didn't submit the information"
     
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    Google Laying Fiber Fast in Kansas City, Aiming for Two-Way Gigabit Bandwidth? (click for full article)

    "Remember a while back I talked about the Google project down in Kansas City, or up if you're in the south I suppose? Well, after approval, Google moved the Android Army into action and started laying fiber at a furious pace. Now, they've got over a hundred miles done and are still going strong. But what's it all mean?


    Google seems dead serious about this Gigabit Symmetric Fiber deal they're working on and it's almost scary how fast they're working on it.


    It's also scary from another perspective. It could be that, for the first time ever, the connectivity provider (Google Fiber), the operating system provider (Google Android) and the content provider (GooTube) are the same company. Google could be aiming to make this a competitive streaming video as I've mentioned in the past (Google Pay TV Project Aiming At Screen Convergence Or Cable and Google TV To Get Channel Marketplace & Compete With Cable Providers?).


    In a recent blog post on the Google Fiber Blog, John Toccalino, a manager on our fiber project answered several questions about what they're doing.


    That last-mile problem (where the cables are worst and fullest) will be practically eliminated with Google's Fiber project as John says, "every home that has Google Fiber service will have their very own fiber-optic cable that directly connects all the way back to the Internet backbone." That means we could all have Gigabit connections to the backbone, as opposed to the sluggish and often overcrowded cable lines that we have now which often struggle to achieve their stated data rates. "
     
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