U.S.magazine “Connect” reported on April 25 that before the Google fiber optic high-speed Internet service stationed in Kansas City, veteran broadband provider Verizon, Time Warner Cable and Comcast did not realize the threats from Google. These industry giants finally started to wake up until Google announced that they will expand its business to Austin, Texas and Utah Provo.
On April 24, Time Warner Cable announced plans to build a wireless network covering the entire city in Austin, and this service will be free to subscribers who have ordered wired network service from the company. This wireless services have been put to use in a small part of the region, the wireless network coverage extended to more areas, start from the public places where with large flow of people. Users do not subscribe wired network from Time Warner Cable can pay to use the wireless network, starting at $ 2.95 / hour. Earlier this month, AT & T also announced plans to lay its own fiber network in Austin, and is equipped with gigabit network speed.
The veteran’s attitude can be a big turn around. Before, these networks ISP giants are on the ultra-high speed network services hold resentment attitude. 2012, Verizon FIOS interrupted plans to expand its fiber-optic network services. Even in the recent meeting, Time Warner Cable’s chief financial officer (CFO) Irene Esteves was asked whether they think that when Google fiber will become a threat, he said consumers are not interested in gigabit speeds on Google provided .
But more than just high-speed Internet and television services provided by Google fiber, Google also provide virtually free cable and DSL Internet services that are currently used by the user. Just a one-time payment of $ 300 installation fee, Kansas City Google fiber subscribers can enjoy at least 7 years of5M-Fi service. It will also provide a similar service plans in Austinand Provo. This “free” service should have taken action to stimulate competition reasons.
Google’s initial purpose is to stimulate the development of broadband fiber custom business, but the performance of the network providers’ indifference led Google to expand to more cities. Now, these industry giants finally bring their spirit, the development of the network in the future will be more interesting.