Google prepares 34-city push for ultra-fast Fiber service

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wookietim wrote:

Why is Google doing this? I mean, I know why Google SAYS it is doing it – because it’s just such a nice company and all… But I tend to doubt the sincerity of that type of argument coming from huge corporations.

Feb 19, 2014 4:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilABenson wrote:

I’m sorry, I don’t understand that last sentence: Comcast argued to the regulator that [competition] could potentially threaten its business. It’s not the FCC’s job to protect Comcast; it’s the FCC’s job to protect consumers. And if Comcast’s business relies on an enduring monopoly it’s because they are screwing consumers. I’m a TWC customer in LA paying four times what I paid for better cable TV and faster broadband in London (including 20% UK sales tax). US cable providers have little or no competition and US consumers suffer.

Feb 19, 2014 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
NeilABenson wrote:

I’m sorry, I don’t understand that last sentence: Comcast argued to the regulator that [competition] could potentially threaten its business. It’s not the FCC’s job to protect Comcast; it’s the FCC’s job to protect consumers. And if Comcast’s business relies on an enduring monopoly it’s because they are screwing consumers. I’m a TWC customer in LA paying four times what I paid for better cable TV and faster broadband in London (including 20% UK sales tax). US cable providers have little or no competition and US consumers suffer.

Feb 19, 2014 4:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
edselman wrote:

Who are the 34 cities?

Feb 19, 2014 5:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mediaman wrote:

Even though this is, realistically, a business venture in search of profit, nothing more, certainly not less, Google can now add “Do Good,(accidentally?-I don’t think so)” to it’s business motto of “Do No Evil.” Google’s opportunity grows daily since the FCC and FTC and Justice Department persist in not doing their job of “managing in the public interest.” Cable and Telco, and now wireless have enjoyed geo and market share monopolies for over a generation, protected by these same federal regulators and Congress, generating over $300 Billion in excess profits (that’s Billions with a big “B” folks!) U.S. Internet reach and speeds are 17th or worse than in other developed and modern countries (Hah! KOREA/OTHERS ARE MUCH BETTER!) and yet U.S. is #1 in cost by over 50%! The only real answer is the separation of Content from Broadband infrastructure, with an auction marketplace providing the necessary transparency, pricing competition and reasonable access to generate more and better choices at less cost to consumers and business. Google’s wholeheated foray into Broadband infrastructure may help force the FCC and FTC to finally rein in Cable and Telco’s monopolies, since their only path will be forced separation of Content provisioning and Broadband access, knowing that Google will drive the issue in any case through pricing. And since the Internet IS the Future of Everything, meaning that all Content, whether entertainment, video-live and archived-voice (remember telephone calls?) and data inevitably leads to AAA (AnyThing, AnyTime, AnyWhere) through MAAO (Multiple Applications Always On). Let’s go Google!

Feb 20, 2014 2:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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