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Oceanic Fiber: Threat and Promise

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 28th, 2014

Builtvisible has a detailed history of undersea cables along with their role in espionage, starting with Operation Ivy Bells through the USS Jimmy Carter and the latest threats from earthquakes and terrorists. Some factoids from the story: There are 277 undersea fibre optic cables in the world today. These cables carry 99% of all international […]

AT&T Claims to Expand Fiber with DirecTV Merger

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 4th, 2014

AT&T said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that if it’s allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will expand fiber connections into more homes. AT&T said it would upgrade 2 million additional locations with fiber, and expand high speed broadband coverage overall to 13 million locations, reports the AP. AT&T said it expects to save […]

What’s inside Google’s Fiber Huts?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 5th, 2014

What’s inside Google’s Fiber Huts? Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandress told the Phoenix Sun that the huts are a type of data center, about 26-feet by 11-feet in size. The huts contain fiber-optic equipment and links to the regional network that circles a metropolitan area. Another set of neighborhood “cabinets” connect to residences and businesses. Wandress […]

Google Fiber: Free WiFi Too?

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 25th, 2014

Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service, reports Computer World. Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your […]

AT&T Expands “Fiber Cities” to 25 Metro Areas

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 22nd, 2014

AT&T today said it will “expand its ultra-fast fiber network to up to 100 candidate cities and municipalities nationwide. AT&T says it now is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment. The list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, […]

AT&T Brings Gigabit Fiber & WiFi to North Carolina

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 10th, 2014

AT&T plans to begin building out its 1 Gbit/s broadband service in parts of North Carolina, in the next few week, marking its second deployment of the fiber service, after Austin, Texas. AT&T introduced GigaPower in Austin after Google Fiber announced its intention to enter that market. It’s the same deal with North Carolina, reports […]