July 30, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Google Fiber Media Roundup: Google Fiber Launch Sparks Continued Comments, Questions
The media was a buzz over the weekend after Google Fiber launched in Kansas City. Initial reports of Google TV plans and pricing were followed up by pros and cons of the services, progress of Kansas City neighborhoods in rallying commitment to Google Fiber and what this means for evolving broadband in the U.S. The following is another roundup of the Google buzz floating around in the World Wide Web.
Neighborhoods Rally in Support: The race to secure Google Fiber for neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. has been closely watched since the announcement on Jul. 26. Techcrunch has followed the number of neighborhoods to qualify for Google Fiber, while Eweek.com has talk to residents who will and will not be rallying for Google Fiber.
Public Services Excited for Next Step: The Kansas City Star reports Kansas City, Kan. schools are already planning additions to the course curriculum with Google Fiber capabilities in mind.
Pros and Cons Continue: PCWorld and InfoWorld are still trying to decide what outweighs the other--benefits or faults.
Innovations in the Industry: GigaOM
noted Google's engineering of their own equipment has cut down on typical costs for equipment. Meanwhile, All Things D
highlights Google's strides in extending the limits and possibilities of a typical service provider have not gone unnoticed.
Expansion and Beyond: Google's announcement still has many asking "If/Where Google will expand next?" GigaOM reports that Milo Medin, the VP of access services at Google, has hinted at the possibility, but the Business Insider's data shows it might be too expensive for the time being.
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