Google Fiber Could Be Coming Soon To Jacksonville, Tampa And Oklahoma City

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Yet the crash of Google Fiber service across the Kansas City market at the start of the World Series Tuesday — blacking out Alcides Escobar’s thrilling in-the-park homer — chipped away at the fandom of the fiber optic Internet-and-TV service for at least a night. “We’re sorry for the inconvenience,” Kelly Carnago, the Google Fiber manager for Kansas City, said in a statement released Wednesday night. “We hold ourselves to a higher standard than this, and we’re taking immediate steps to ensure this type of issue doesn’t happen again.” The shutdown hit TV and Internet customers on Google Fiber’s system broadly across the Kansas City market. TAMPA — Google announced Wednesday it may bring its ultra-fast Internet service, Google Fiber, to Tampa, a prospect that could eventually allow customers of all providers to drink from a fire hose of data after long sipping from a faucet.

TAMPA (CBSMiami/AP) — Two cities in Florida have been added to the growing list of communities being offered high-speed internet considered a hundred times faster than normal.The company formerly known as Google said it is working with leaders in Jacksonville, Fla., Tampa, Fla., and Oklahoma City, Okla., as potential expansion sites for Google Fiber. If Google Fiber does eventually come to Tampa — the company insists it isn’t a certainty — analysts said it will undoubtedly disrupt the existing Internet and TV marketplace and benefit consumers by pressuring other providers to offer faster, cheaper service.

On Wednesday, tech giant Google announced they plan to bring their “Google Fiber” service to Jacksonville and Tampa, as long as city leaders approve. Google said the service offers Internet speeds of a gigabit per second of data transfer on a fiber optic network — fast enough to download a movie in seconds.

Now part of the redesigned Alphabet, Inc., Google Fiber promises to not only deliver comparably priced online content at faster speeds than existing Internet service providers, but will also come with more than a hundred HD channels. The service is currently up and running in select cities across the U.S. and is scheduled to launch in more than 20 others in Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Utah, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. We’re excited to usher in this next chapter. … Competition does work.” Mayor Bob Buckhorn called the announcement a great day for Tampa and said Google Fiber would give business in the city an edge enjoyed by just a small handful of American cities. “If we’re going to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem here, we’ve got to have the ability to move data,” Buckhorn said. “And our ability to move data gives us a competitive advantage. … We’re going to compete hard to win this.” Google’s announcement names only Tampa. But in other U.S. cities where Google Fiber is available such as Kansas City, the network extends to a greater metro area that includes some adjoining communities.

On the company’s help forum, one of dozens of angry posts summed up the vibe: “Not a good time to go down.” Google Fiber got so many calls to its customer service phone line that most users only heard rings or busy signals. It was also the evening before the company announced that it was beginning negotiations to expand service to Oklahoma City and Florida markets in Tampa and Jacksonville. The technology behemoth said it must first work with Tampa officials to see what would need to be done from a technical and engineering perspective to expand the network to Tampa. A few innings after most Google Fiber customers saw their service return, Fox’s national broadcast was disrupted and viewers one at-bat, a Kendrys Morales strikeout, because of what that broadcast network said was a loss of power to an operations truck at the stadium. But Google is planning on offering the service in six other cities: Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville; San Antonio, Texas; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; and Atlanta.

But those are the kinds of things that we really need to understand. … It can be disruptive for a community that is not ready for it.” Google isn’t offering faster speeds through any leap in the technology. Instead, it uses existing technology in a way other providers currently don’t in most markets. “There’s plenty of fiber optic cable in America already,” the company said in pamphlet about Google Fiber. “But very little of it goes directly to homes — so this means your Internet signal travels at Autobahn speeds for most of its journey, but then slows down as it gets near your house.” Google Fiber could be a game-changer in Tampa where two providers, Verizon and Bright House, currently provide Internet at speeds at least half as fast as Google with most of their customers far closer to the national average of 11.9 megabits per second. Buckhorn thinks his own family would benefit from faster Internet at home, especially his daughters, age 10 and 14, who frequently spend time on social media websites. Buckhorn joked, “That’s hard to tell because my daughters are on Instagram every night, all night practically.” Times researcher John Martin and staff writer Robert Trigaux contributed to this report.

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