Google Fiber Rollout Schedule: Raleigh and Durham in North Carolina May be …

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Charlotte Google Fiber announcement could be coming next week.

Google Fiber appears poised to begin rolling out high-speed Internet service in North Carolina, one of several regions under consideration as Google contemplates expansion.Signs are looking good that some North Carolina cities will be the next to receive Google Fiber, but there’s no official word from the company about whether it will expand its internet service to cities in the Atlanta market. The widely watched industry journal DSLReports.com reported Friday morning that Google Fiber is sending out invitations for simultaneous events in Charlotte and Raleigh to be held next Wednesday.

The email invitation doesn’t provide a location but says “more details to come.” Google announced last February that it had picked Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham as two of nine metropolitan areas where it next hoped to deploy its “Google Fiber” networks. Dslreports.com says that Google has invited officials in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Durham to receptions being hosted by the company on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29. According to a local news there, Google is planning to start the construction in April, and it’s now actively looking for local consortium to begin building the inter-connected fiber network with direct connection to homes. Landing the new network would bring faster Internet speeds to customers, add a major competitor to the market and potentially mark the city as a tech hub poised for future growth. Additionally, sources of the website say that Google already hired drill crews to construct the network underground to several key areas within the two cities.

City officials say they haven’t received a similar invitation, and Google Fiber did not immediately respond to an inquiry seeking an update on its plans. Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio, one of the officials who received an invitation, said she has had no contact with Google but said “one could surmise” the invitation is related to Google Fiber. In addition to Portland and five suburbs (Gresham, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Beaverton and Hillsboro), the company has been contemplating service in eight other metro areas across the country. Charlotte Transportation Department Director Danny Pleasant said talks with Google have been “very positive” and that he has “strong hopes” to land the project. One testing from a group of researchers revealed that it can download “612 cat pictures” per second — and that’s 100 times faster than a 10-megabyte-per-second internet speed which is capable of downloading just 3 to 5 per second at full rate.

Google Fiber offers gigabit connections – 1,000 megabits per second – for $70 a month in three markets where it operates: Kansas City, Austin and in Provo, Utah. The cost of laying down fiber optic cable lines and additional legislature are some of the requirements needed by Google before pushing the go button. Competitive fiber service has been a top priority for Portland since the 1990s, but state and local officials are concerned that a quirky Oregon property tax – which values telecom networks in part on the brand value of their corporate owners – could scare off Google Fiber. In April, the city released a list of 31 sites for so-called “Fiber Huts,” which Google would build to help bring the service to people’s homes. The huts would be located on sites such as city-owned fire stations, water tanks, the police and fire academy, a landfill and even Evergreen Cemetery in east Charlotte.

Time Warner Cable said Friday it plans to roll the service out this year; AT&T said it will provide more details about its Charlotte plans closer to launch. But the deployment hasn’t been problem-free: In Kansas City, some residents raised concern over decades-old trees that were cut down and gas leaks inadvertently caused by construction crews, according to news accounts.

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