Google Fiber: 89% of “Fiberhoods”

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Google says at least 89% of the “Fiberhoods” have made the cut to receive fiber service. Some 180 of the 202 “fiberhoods” (areas serving 250 to 1,500 homes) in the Kansas Cities had met their pre-registration goals just before Sunday night’s deadline.

Google will reveal all the fiberhoods that made the cut on Thursday. But this means at least 89 percent of the fiberhoods will receive fiber service, including a $70 per month symmetrical 1Gbit/s service and an optional TV bundle that starts at $120 per month.

Google Fiber has also committed to offer a 5Mbit/s downstream, 1Mbit/s upstream service for free for at least seven years to customers who agree to pay the upfront $300 construction fee.

This summer Google revealed maps that broke up Kansas City and Kansas City, Kan., into tiny “fiberhoods.” It asked would-be customers to put down $10 to pre-register. Google set thresholds ranging from 5 to 25 percent of a neighborhood depending on the cost of hooking up different areas. If enough households signed up in a fiberhood, all the residents in those areas would qualify to buy service.

GigaOm says its deployment and customer acquisition model will put it in the black, claiming that the upfront fees will cover the bases. Although nobody wants to admit it, the neighborhood marketing strategy seems like a clever and cost-effective technique of avoiding the “redlining” problem.

Google Fiber is also shaving costs with bulk deployments in Fiberhoods, and the use of home-grown network gear.

Verizon charges $70/month for 15 Mbps internet access and $90 for 75 Mbps. Verizon’s top internet tier is 300Mbps, but it will cost you $210 per month ($205 if you agree to a two-year contract). The 150Mbps FiOS Quantum service costs $100 a month (or $95 on a two-year contract).

In the second quarter of 2012, Verizon reported 5.1 million total FiOS Internet and 4.5 million total FiOS Video customers, with some 134,000 FiOS Internet and 120,000 FiOS Video net additions. Verizon has stopped expanding FiOS, which has cost some $23 billion. In June 2010, Verizon sold landline operations scattered throughout 13 states to Frontier Communications, which also included some FiOS installations.

AT&T’s U-Verse internet service runs from $38/month (3 Mbps) to $63/mont (24 Mbps).

Comcast is rolling out 305Mbps cable broadband, which they have called “Xfinity Platinum“, and will be available in “many major markets”, according to the company.

Verizon currently offers its 300Mbps FiOS service for about $210, but Comcast will charge $300/month. Xfinity Blast! customers will now get download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (formerly 25 Mbps), and Extreme 50 customers will now receive speeds of up to 105 Mbps (formerly 50 Mbps). Blast! is $58.95/month multi-product or $72.95/month standalone. Extreme is $99.95/mo multi-product or $114.95/month standalone.

President Obama signed an executive order in June to create a national 1 gigabit per second broadband network (pdf fact sheet), under a newly created non-profit partnership called US Ignite.

The network would serve as a test bed for next-generation applications in areas such as education, health care and clean energy.

South Korea has launched a nationwide broadband upgrade to rid themselves of 100Mbps service for $38 a month. By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second and slash the monthly price to just $27 a month.

GigOm compiled a list of places that offer 1 Gbps residential connections.

Related Dailywireless Fiber articles include; UTOPIA Financial Audit: Fail, UTOPIA: FTTH Now Focused on Business, Trouble in Utopia, FiOS: Too Risky?, Municipal Fiber: Fits and Starts, Be Your Own Fiber Net, RUS Awards $1.2B for Broadband, City Fiber Strategies, US Broadband Sub Count, Hawaii Plans Broadband Initiative, Unlicensed Muni Broadband: Take Two?, Ten Largest Data Centers, The Fiber Utility, 1 Gbps Fiber Comes Home, HomeGrid: Closer to Home

Posted by Sam Churchill on Monday, September 10th, 2012 at 11:52 am .

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