July 26, 2012
Amanda Schnieders, Kauffman Foundation
Questions, Comments Arise After Google's Fiber TV Announcement
After Google disclosed their plans this morning for Fiber TV and high-speed Internet packages in the Kansas City area, bloggers, media sources and Google's future competitors took turns expressing their thoughts on Google's recent announcement.
Some were thrilled with the new offer of high-speed Internet at a market price. The Kansas City Star appreciated the "savvy strategy"
Others, like Venture Beat
, approved of Google's packages, saying "Google fixes everything wrong with basic cable".
Still some have questions about the details of Google's packages. The Verge says Google's list of channels provided through Fiber TV is still missing a few big ones.
Others noticed Google's exclusion of businesses for now. GigaOM said that some Kansas City "businesspeople seemed dismayed" by the lack of inclusion, but Google has said there might be something for businesses still to come.
Industry analyst Bruce Leichtman told Wired.com
that "Google is spending money to reach a demand that doesn't exist".
And finally, Google's soon-to-be competitors chimed in with their own statements, reaffirming their confidence in their company's stability. Time Warner Cable and AT&T both responded to the Kansas City Business Journal with "bring it on".
It will be six more weeks until we begin to see the results of Google's announcement. At that point the rally will be complete, and Google will start installing in the most eager neighborhoods in Kansas City.
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