Posts Tagged ‘high speed internet’

90 Percent of Eligible Kansas City Neighborhoods Sign Up For Google Fiber

September 10th, 2012 09:01 admin View Comments


puddingebola writes in with a story about how popular Google Fiber is in Kansas City. “The company wrote in a blog post yesterday that at least 180 out of 202 ‘fiberhoods’ have already qualified for the super-high-speed Internet service. Google says that it’s still processing verification requests, and should be able to hand over the final list later this week. Since bringing fiber to homes can be expensive, Google is charging each home that hopes to hook up to the service a one-time $300 construction fee.”

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Can Google Save Us From Slow Internet

August 24th, 2011 08:39 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter CoveredTrax writes “As part of the beta test of their new gigabit fiber network, Google has provided Stanford University with mouthwateringly high-speed Internet. Since the program was announced, the service, which is now being provided free to students and faculty in the Palo Alto area, has got a lot of people to asking (sometimes begging) that their city be next on Google’s list for communication salvation. But can Google save us all from inferior web access? And more importantly, is it a good idea to let them?”

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Google Selects Kansas City for Its Ultra High-Speed Internet Project

March 30th, 2011 03:40 admin View Comments

google_fiber150.jpgLast year, Google put out a call to communities, asking for their interest in becoming an experimental site for the company’s plans to build out an ultra-high speed Internet network. Over a 1000 cities applied for the chance to get Google Fiber, and Google has just announced its selection: Kansas City, Kansas.

The proposed network will clock in at speeds about 100 times faster than what most households in America currently have access to, reaching about 1 gigabit per second.

The new network will be built in conjunction with the city, according to Google, which says it plans to work closely with local organizations, businesses, and universities as the infrastructure is built.

Bringing Americans better access to high-speed Internet is part of this effort from Google and is also part of a U.S. government initiative as well, with its National Broadband Plan. The government recently released a map of broadband availability in the country, highlighting how much work needs to happen to bring better (or in places, any) high-speed Internet access.

Access is part of the problem, but so is speed. As we consume more video online – for business and pleasure – broadband speed becomes increasingly critical. Google also hopes that by supporting high-speed Internet, it will in turn spur more innovations around technologies that depend on it, particularly around universities and hospitals.

Google says that, pending approval from the Kansas City’s Board of Commissioners, the service will be available beginning next year. It also says it’s looking at ways to bring the same Internet speeds to other countries.

Source: Google Selects Kansas City for Its Ultra High-Speed Internet Project

Feds Help You Find Your Fastest Internet Service

February 24th, 2011 02:58 admin View Comments


jfruhlinger writes “Slashdot previously covered the National Broadband Map, designed by the US Federal government to illustrate where the ‘digital divide’ between those with access to high-speed Internet and those who without. But, as blogger Ryan Faas points out, you can use it for a much more individualistic purpose: to find your fastest local wired or wireless ISP. Just plug in your name and address and you’ll soon see what your options are.”

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Instant Karma? Rent Twitter’s Original Office

November 1st, 2010 11:35 admin View Comments

While the tech scene may be booming in the Bay Area right now when it comes to hiring, the real estate scene is not. But with Zynga about to move into a massive new office and Twitter currently looking for a new bigger space, the former could help the latter. But smaller spaces are still gonna need some help — like a cute website with a hook.

South Park is one of the nicest areas in the SoMa region of San Francisco. But even there it can be tough to find new tenants apparently. So a group looking to sublet their space set up this site touting one major reason why a startup should rent it: it’s Twitter’s original office.

Sure, it’s $3,000 a month for 1,000 square feet, it has flexible lease terms, vaulted ceilings, access to high speed internet, and is in the middle of beautiful South Park. But who cares about any of that? This is about karma. This is the office where Twitter started to make the magic happen. Now they’re a service with 175 million users, adding 15 million or so a month.

Of course, Twitter fairly quickly moved from this site to a bigger space a block or so away (the space Xobni now inhabits). And then they moved again into Bebo’s old offices about a year ago — and took over a second floor in that building. Now, as they’ve surpassed 300 employees, they’re on the move again. But you can rent the space where it all began (well, unless you count the old Odeo offices, where Twitter began as a side project).

One day, perhaps this place will be featured in Before They Were Stars: Tech Startup Edition.

Source: Instant Karma? Rent Twitter’s Original Office

Time For Universal Data Plans?

June 6th, 2010 06:29 admin View Comments

theodp writes “Between multiple cell phones and their add-ons, high-speed Internet connections, and digital TV subscriptions, most households are paying for data delivery at least three times over, often paying the same provider twice. It’s time for a universal data plan, [Cnet columnist Molly] Wood declares: ‘I want to pay once for data, I want that data to be unlimited, and I want to be able to use it in any fashion I choose.’ Still, she has hopes that the-times-they-will-be-a-changin’: ‘It’s only a matter of time before regulators catch wind of just how many times we’re being charged for the exact same thing.’”

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A Simple Guide To Net Neutrality

February 16th, 2010 02:54 admin View Comments

superapecommando writes in with a neutral introduction to net neutrality from ComputerWorld UK. While it doesn’t go into a lot of technical depth, it’s rare to see anything written on the subject that isn’t rabid on one side or the other. “Google’s recently announced plan to set up trial fiber-optic networks in the US with ultra-high-speed Internet connections puts the long running national debate over Net Neutrality back into high gear. A hot topic of discussion and debate in government and telecom circles since at least 2003, Net Neutrality, actually involves a broad array of topics, technologies and players. Here’s a primer for those looking to get up to speed fast.”

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Comcast Launches Broadband Meter

January 12th, 2010 01:18 admin View Comments

nlawalker writes “Beginning on Tuesday, January 12, Comcast high-speed internet users in Washington state will have access to an online tool that displays their bandwidth usage for the most recent three calendar (not billing) months of usage, including the current month. Washington is the second market to receive access to the tool, following its introduction in Portland. ‘For the fraction of less than 1 percent of our customers who are concerned about exceeding our excessive use threshold, we believe this meter will help them monitor and calibrate their usage,’ said spokesman Steve Kipp. Perhaps those who aren’t using 250GB a month should take it as a challenge.”

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