Entries with tag high speed internet access.

Google Exploring Expanding Fiber to More US Markets

Google has announced it is talking to officials in 34 different cities in nine US markets to determine whether it can expand its broadband Internet service. Google Fiber fiber-optic networks are now in Kansas City, Mo.; Austin, Texas; and Provo, Utah. The company is in discussions with officials in Portland, Ore.; San Jose, Calif.; Salt Lake City; Phoenix; San Antonio; Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta; as well as Charlotte and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. Several states have or are considering legislation that would limit public broadband infrastructure growth following intensive lobbying by phone and cable TV company interests. Google Fiber reportedly is able to provide transmission speeds of 1 gigabit per second, which is 20 times faster than the 50 mbps top-end service sold by Verizon Communications and Comcast. Google says it should know by year’s end which areas might be actually receiving Google Fiber. “While we do want to bring Fiber to every one of these cities,” writes Milo Medin, vice president of Google Access Services, “it might not work out for everyone.” (Investor’s Business Daily)(USA Today)(Google Official Blog)

New US Report Finds that Many Still Have Limited Broadband Service

A newly released US Federal Communications Commission report found that about 19 million people in the country still lack broadband Internet access. The FCC’s Eighth Broadband Progress Report, released Tuesday, notes that there has been significant progress in expanding high-speed Internet access nationally but that universal access will require further reforms. Of all states in the US, West Virginia has the highest percentage of residents without high-speed Internet: 46 percent, representing 845,000 people. State officials contend the FCC used outdated information and say they are spending $126.3 million in federal stimulus funds to bring fiber-optic cable to public facilities and will distribute $4 million to rural broadband projects in December. The new report also calls out Montana, South Dakota, and Alaska for limited broadband access. (The Associated Press @ The Charleston Daily Mail)(The Charleston Gazette)(Forbes)(United States Federal Communications Commission)

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