Chattanooga Area 10 Years Ahead of FCC’s National Broadband Plan
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., June 3 /PRNewswire/ — EPB Fiber Optics, Chattanooga’s municipally-owned fiber-to-the-home network, announced it will introduce a 150 Mbps symmetrical residential Internet product later this month. EPB Fiber Optics’ product, Fi-Speed Internet 150, will be the only offer of its kind in the U.S.
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun
Two months ago, city officials and business leaders were giddy with the notion that Baltimore maybe — just maybe — could lure Google Inc. to build a next-generation fiber-optic network for blazing-fast Internet service.
On Wednesday, a larger group of city boosters wrestled with a more sobering possibility: What if Google doesn’t choose Baltimore? More than 1,100 communities across the United States are vying for Google’s Fiber for Communities pilot project. And Google isn’t expected to announce a winner until the end of the year.
Xinhua News Agency is reporting that China Telecom plans to install a fibre-optic network with capacity for 18 million lines this year, and expects to launch 100Mbps services in key cities. The telco expects to be able to offer 70% of users in towns and cities speeds of at least 12Mbps before the end of this year. The same source says China Mobile has also decided to step up the construction of fixed line broadband infrastructure and deploy six million lines this year.
How The Online Giant’s Fiber Project Could Change The Future Of Internet Access
As the scrutiny intensifies over the United States’ inability to keep up with the broadband efforts of other countries, a potential savior has emerged. With its upcoming Fiber For Communities project, Google will deliver Internet connections of more than 1Gbps to one or more trial communities, in turn spawning hope across the rest of the country that ultra-fast broadband could soon be a reality for almost everyone.
It used to take Golfballs.com an hour and 31 minutes to upload one of its high-definition product demo videos for editing.
Now, it takes 2 minutes and 26 seconds.
Golfballs.com recently became one of the first businesses in Lafayette to connect to Lafayette Utilities System’s Fiber service.
LUS started rolling out its fiber network to business customers in October, and many are just beginning to discover the possibilities for economic development.
Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010 12:04 a.m. MDT
I was not an elected official when my city committed to the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency (UTOPIA). But now as mayor of the largest UTOPIA city, I find that what to do with our city’s network has become one of the greatest challenges I face — not just because of West Valley City’s enormous commitment ($147 million between 2010 and 2040), but importantly because of the enormous potential benefits. I find the question is not, “Was UTOPIA a good idea or a bad idea?” The question is: “Looking at our hand today, what is our best way forward?”
APRIL 14, 2010 — Hundreds of small independent telecoms, broadband service providers, municipalities, and cable television companies have brought gigabit-enabled, FTTH-based services to a total of more than 1.4 million North American homes — about a quarter of all fiber to the home connections on the continent — according to a report released by the Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Council. Even more service providers plan to join the trend, the study also reveals. (Download the report)