THEEE HOTTTEST NEW TH-ING. I just heard about it from one of my gym friends. GOOGLE FIBER

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    Oct 28, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    https://fiber.google.com/about/

    After he finishes UTD, he's considering Austin because unlike Dallas, Austin is a GOOGLE FIBER CITY.

    Google Fiber starts with a connection that is 100 times faster than today's average broadband speeds.
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    Oct 28, 2013 2:31 AM GMT
    Kansas

    Austin

    Provo

    (New York, LA, DC, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Cambridge/Boston, New Haven are not the homepage cities.)
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    Oct 28, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    They have to hit the pocket areas where it's easier to lay down their own fiber network. So major cities like LA, SF, DC, etc. won't get Google Fiber in the near future. If ever.
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    Oct 28, 2013 6:05 AM GMT
    StephenOABC saidKansas

    Austin

    Provo

    (New York, LA, DC, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Cambridge/Boston, New Haven are not the homepage cities.)

    Looked that up last month; its said to be the fastest, and I sure hope it lives up to the hype; cause I'll gladly pay for that kind of service.
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    Oct 28, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    Did you know the first major installation of fiber optics by AT&T was in West Virginia?

    Or that MicroCommunications, Inc (MCI) filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in 1974, and eventually changed the telecommunications industry.

    Or that SPRINT (telephone) stands for Southern Pacific Railway International?
    MCI approached Southern Pacific RR about installing fiber optics along their railway right-of-ways, hoping thereby to rapidly develop its own fiber optic network, while avoiding having to deal with every individual landowner.
    {Sprint was offering only private service, like facsimile, at the time}
    Southern Pacific RR told them "we'll think about it."

    Indeed, they did. Installing their own lines and competing against MCI.




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    Oct 28, 2013 6:15 PM GMT
    Google Fiber is huge win for Austin!

    I lived in Verizon territory until just two years ago. FIOS rocks. Now, I'm stuck with ATT, which is awful.
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    Oct 28, 2013 6:16 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Did you know the first major installation of fiber optics by AT&T was in West Virginia?

    Or that MicroCommunications, Inc (MCI) filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in 1974, and eventually changed the telecommunications industry.

    Or that SPRINT (telephone) stands for Southern Pacific Railway International?
    MCI approached Southern Pacific RR about installing fiber optics along their railway right-of-ways, hoping thereby to rapidly develop its own fiber optic network, while avoiding having to deal with every individual landowner.
    {Sprint was offering only private service, like facsimile, at the time}
    Southern Pacific RR told them "we'll think about it."

    Indeed, they did. Installing their own lines and competing against MCI.






    Yep. SPRINT laid its early fiber along railways back in the late 70 and early 80's. They've been a player in fiber a very long time.

    MCI led to Judge Green's decree mandating the breakup of ATT, which is mostly back together again...kind of. Verizon got a good chunk of it. ATT has always been doing the least amount possible for the most money possible.
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    Oct 29, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    bigbudM saidKS here, it lives up to the hype. Definitely worth it.


    Oh, Thank You!

    You know, I used to hate it that the U.S.A. had slower internet connection than South Korea.
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    Oct 29, 2013 4:08 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidGoogle Fiber is huge win for Austin!

    I lived in Verizon territory until just two years ago. FIOS rocks. Now, I'm stuck with ATT, which is awful.


    Chuckystud, I pass by your neighborhood sometimes when I drive home the long way. Sometimes, I just don't want to be in Hwy 75 traffic on the way home, so I go Old Denton Road to eventually get to North Plano.

    Anyway, I ditto what you say about the service our area seems to be stuck with. My apartment complex used to have another provider but as soon as the apartment complex went with ATT, I was back in the late nineties, waiting for pages to load. It's been more than 12 years since I've had to WAIT--and I mean serious time--for some websites to load (like Cinemark Stonebriar to see what's playing at the movies).
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    Oct 29, 2013 4:10 AM GMT
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    StudlyScrewRite said Did you know the first major installation of fiber optics by AT&T was in West Virginia?

    Or that MicroCommunications, Inc (MCI) filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in 1974, and eventually changed the telecommunications industry.

    Or that SPRINT (telephone) stands for Southern Pacific Railway International?
    MCI approached Southern Pacific RR about installing fiber optics along their railway right-of-ways, hoping thereby to rapidly develop its own fiber optic network, while avoiding having to deal with every individual landowner.
    {Sprint was offering only private service, like facsimile, at the time}
    Southern Pacific RR told them "we'll think about it."

    Indeed, they did. Installing their own lines and competing against MCI.






    Yep. SPRINT laid its early fiber along railways back in the late 70 and early 80's. They've been a player in fiber a very long time.

    MCI led to Judge Green's decree mandating the breakup of ATT, which is mostly back together again...kind of. Verizon got a good chunk of it. ATT has always been doing the least amount possible for the most money possible.


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    Oct 29, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Did you know the first major installation of fiber optics by AT&T was in West Virginia?

    Or that MicroCommunications, Inc (MCI) filed an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T in 1974, and eventually changed the telecommunications industry.

    Or that SPRINT (telephone) stands for Southern Pacific Railway International?
    MCI approached Southern Pacific RR about installing fiber optics along their railway right-of-ways, hoping thereby to rapidly develop its own fiber optic network, while avoiding having to deal with every individual landowner.
    {Sprint was offering only private service, like facsimile, at the time}
    Southern Pacific RR told them "we'll think about it."

    Indeed, they did. Installing their own lines and competing against MCI.




    Saw a cool PBS documentary about the rise and fall of long distance telecom. The story behind MCI is both fascinating and tragic.
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    Oct 29, 2013 6:20 AM GMT
    I read the title and thought of this...
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    Oct 29, 2013 6:28 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidI read the title and thought of this...
    How long you been gone GR?
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    Nov 02, 2013 1:31 AM GMT
    chuckystud said

    ATT has always been doing the least amount possible for the most money possible.



    I think the most galling thing about them pre-break up was the fact that they didn't pay for telephone poles!

    POWER poles came first in many places....AT&T gobbed on to them, free of charge! Then had the unmitigated gall to claim exclusive use!
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    Nov 02, 2013 2:27 AM GMT
    Also, all the baby bells were given federal money to expand/improve the telecom infrastructure. And we're lagging way behind compared to the rest of the world..


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    Nov 02, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    xrichx saidAlso, all the baby bells were given federal money to expand/improve the telecom infrastructure. And we're lagging way behind compared to the rest of the world..


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    Thank you for the information.