Discuss: Google Fiber Pause

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October 27, 2016 at 05:29:40
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Google Fiber is pausing its expansion plans and laying off employees. Discuss here if you think Google Fiber will end up growing more in the future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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October 27, 2016 at 08:09:52
Google Fiber Pause isn't a short break during the workday to take a dose
of Metamucil?


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October 27, 2016 at 10:00:56
I wasn't aware that Google fiber roll out had restarted after stopping years ago. IMO there is a basic flaw in how we handle broad band distribution in the USA.

I recall reading about the Verizon FIOS initial roll out over ten years ago. The article stated a cost per house they pasted down the street to be north of $900. Even if they were to sign up every home that has broad band the recovery costs are huge.

IMO what should happen is that somehow all providers should form a holding company that would install fiber cable with more than enough capacity to serve ALL present and future needs. This company would then lease bandwidth to any and all providers that wished to use that cable. The cost of installing fiber optic cable is mostly in labor and materials to bury cable including boring under streets, drives, walks, etc. The cost difference of a larger cable is probably not significant when factored into the total cost. Fees would be static based on capacity and no one could be denied access. The transmission company would not be allowed to sell to end users or own any channels, providers, etc.

Fiber is currently underutilized. My understanding is that if capacity needs to increase in the future that different wavelengths can be transmitted simultaneously, thereby increasing capacity without adding more fiber.

Unfortunately, I doubt this will ever happen without government intervention because the big players that have advantages in the marketplace, will not default to a level playing field willingly.

Kind of silly to have multiple sets of transmission cables in front of every house and business. I have Comcast cable, Wow cable, and ATT uverse all passing across the front of my house.

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October 27, 2016 at 17:51:17
" The cost of installing fiber optic cable is mostly in labor and materials to bury cable including boring under streets, drives, walks, etc."

Agreed, but given that the terrain is so rough in certain parts of the country (mine especially), running (much less burying) cable isn't an option in those locations because of those costs. There's a lot of people where I live still on dial-up simply because that's their only option. Fiber for us is merely a dream that will likely never come true (at least not in my lifetime)...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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