Will Manage Google’s Stanford Fiber Network — a well-known, albeit small, independent ISP based in Santa Rosa, Calif. — is going to operate the trial fiber-to-the-home network to be built by Google on the Stanford University Campus. The network, whose construction is going to start in early 2011, will provide gigabit speeds to nearly 850 faculty and staff owned homes on the Stanford campus.

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Vermont Villages To Develop Rural Fiber Network

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Claiming LTE wireless can’t deliver broadband as robust, the East Central Vermont Community Fiber Network is planning a pilot project to serve the sparsely populated 23-town region.

By W. David Gardner InformationWeek

Frustrated by the lack of broadband service, citizens in a group of towns in rural Vermont are developing a plan to build their own fiber-based broadband service.

It’s called the East Central Vermont Community (ECVC) Fiber Network and, although it is facing tough odds, the group believes it can succeed where big cash-laden carriers have failed to deliver the service in the 23-town region.

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Chattanooga’s municipal FTTH network is near completion

After overcoming political wrangling with the city’s incumbent service providers to build its Fiber to the Home network, the joint Chattanooga, Tenn. Electric Power Board (EPB) network will be completed by the end of this year.

Earlier this fall, EPB caught the attention of the launched a 1 Gbps service for the power user that doesn’t have a problem paying $350 for the service. Users also have the option of buying a lower-priced 30 Mbps and 50 Mbps symmetrical service with various triple play bundled options.

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SoftBank CEO Urges an End to Copper

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Japanese media giant has a bold if somewhat self-serving plan to cover the country in optical fiber

By John Boyd  /  November 2010

Japan has long been regarded as a leader when it comes to providing broadband connectivity and deploying “fiber to the home” (FTTH). Yet entrepreneur Masayoshi Son, chairman and CEO of telecom and media company SoftBank Corp., is critical of the way broadband technology is being implemented and has urged the government to back his ideas for radical change.

As is the case in most developed countries, the Japanese industry is employing broadband in two ways: over existing copper phone lines using digital subscriber line (DSL) technology, which provides theoretical maximum download speeds of around 50 megabits per second, and over newly laid optical fiber cable with the claim of delivering data at up to 200 Mb/s. Even though SoftBank has the largest number of DSL subscribers—a 38 percent market share—Son says this two-tier deployment strategy is costly and inefficient and is causing Japan to lose its competitive edge.

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UAE Expects to Offer All Fiber Network by 2011

WASHINGTON, August 27, 2010 – The United Arab Emirates plans to have a fully fiber network by the end of 2011. The Pyramid Research group is reporting that this new network is expected to provide the nation with a growth of $1.01 billion by 2015.

Hussam Barhoush, a senior analyst at Pyramid Research, said, “Du, the smaller and newer of the UAE’s two operators, initially took the lead with fiber deployment, notes. However, Etisalat has already caught up and surpassed its new rival in terms of fiber rollout: Abu Dhabi, was the first capital in the world to be all fiber, as Etisalat connected the city to the ‘elife’ FTTH network.”

“The next major opportunity for vendors will be LTE, which we expect both Etisalat and Du to deploy within the next three years,” Barhoush added.

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