Last 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.
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 â€” 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 â€” 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.
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.’”
Source: Time For Universal Data Plans?
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.”
Source: A Simple Guide To Net Neutrality
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.”
Source: Comcast Launches Broadband Meter