July 31, 2012
Dark Fiber Community Continues to Grow
By Ashok Bindra
Now Google (News - Alert) announces entry into this space by building a fiber network that is worth about half a billion dollars. Last week, the search engine giant made a big splash by launching Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kansas, which is expected to be expanded in to Kansas City, Missouri in September. According to Google, Google Fiber delivers bi-directional Internet connectivity at 1 Gbps or about 100 times faster access than what most Americans get.
TMCnet’s senior editor, Tony Rizzo (News - Alert) writes in his column that Google is planning to be your TV content provider. The search engine giant is not launching this as an experiment, nor is it taking a field of dreams approach. In fact, as per this column, Google is saying that as soon as the services are turned on, users will make huge demands for TV channels and content. According to Rizzo’s column, affordable $120 per month rate includes high-speed Internet service and TV package. And just high-speed Internet connections will cost the users $70 per month. There is also a free low speed Internet option that requires a onetime $300 construction fee, which is waved for both the high-speed Internet and TV packages.
Consequently, Rizzo is keen to see how YouTube (News - Alert), a Google service will evolve as a result of Google Fiber’s video distribution capability. More interestingly, the senior editor wants to know how Google Now evolves? Will it be able to discern user TV viewing patterns, make recommendations for both TV and YouTube channels, and so on? Will it lead to successful monetization strategies for YouTube? Will it connect TV watching with retail buying patterns?
Likewise, TMCnet contributing editor Gary Kim (News - Alert) wrote, “Can Google Reshape the Fiber Business?” Nevertheless, Kim’s column suggests that Google might have to get the installation costs even lower to get a shot at making an actual profit from its fiber network. “Because it will operate with less volume, and will have to amortize a certain amount of effort it has expended to create the customer premises equipment it will use,” wrote Kim.
Meanwhile, TMCnet reported that modular data center solutions provider GCCA has joined Allied Fiber’s (News - Alert) Dark Fiber Community, an online resource created to assist those building new and extending existing dark fiber networks. In essence, it facilitates actual interaction between buyers and sellers.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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