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New Theory On Google's Fiber Experiment - A Utility Revolution

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    New theory on Google's fiber experiment - a utility revolution | SmartPlanet (click for full article)

    "Google has slowly but surely been making progress on its rollout of a gigabit fiber network in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. But while there is clear evidence that Google intends to test out its own TV service over the newly laid fiber, there's very little information otherwise on what Google has planned for its high-bandwidth infrastructure.


    Now, Canadian engineer and researcher Bill St. Arnaud has put forth a new theory. Maybe Google is planning to partner with a local utility company to push smart energy applications. The idea is that Google could work with an electric utility to manage peak energy usage and reduce energy costs. Instead of returning those savings to consumers directly - a presumably small amount per subscriber - Google could redirect that�new-found money into its fiber network, and toward the support of profit-making premium services.


    The idea isn't as strange as it sounds. As St. Arnaud points out, Google's deployment activity suggests that it will drive fiber out to individual homes even before consumers subscribe to its broadband service. (St. Arnaud makes this assumption because of where Google is currently stringing its fiber on utility poles.) What if the company plans to offer the basic broadband service for free with a plan to make money only off of additional services delivered on top? TV alone wouldn't cut it, but maybe TV combined with premium fee-based wireless services, and new smart energy programs would."
     
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    Google Fiber to launch next week — Tech News and Analysis (click for full article)

    "Google just sent out invitations to a "special event" in Kansas City on July 26 which is undoubtedly the launch of its much-anticipated fiber-to-the-home network. The search giant sent an invite Tuesday that reads, "We would like to invite you to a special announcement about Google Fiber and the next chapter of the Internet."

    The timing jibes with the Google's statements about a planned summer launch and sources who told me the network would launch at the end of next week. Google announced plans to build the gigabit network back in February of 2010 and thousands of municipalities competed to be the future home of the planned network. In March, it selected Kanas City as the first location for Google Fiber."
     

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