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Posted: November 27, 2014 by David Curry
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson made some controversy a few weeks ago — claiming all fiber deployment had been postponed — following President Obama's support of Title II reclassification for broadband companies.
Title II reclassification could harm AT&T's core broadband business, by imposing regulations that would stop things like fast-lanes, price-hikes and underdevelopment.
It may also promote municipal broadband, developed by city leaders or small businesses. AT&T has been pushing hard in several states to make sure municipal broadband is illegal, even if states they do not offer broadband in.
To make the government scared, AT&T announced due to the FCC net neutrality law being postponed until 2015, it will not work on any other fiber networks, until the decision had been settled.
The statement, made by the CEO, was quickly jumped on by the FCC. In the acquisition for DirecTV, AT&T said 2 million homes would get fiber as part of the deal, something the FCC was quick to note.
The FCC also questioned what sort of financial issues AT&T spoke about, if the commission was to enable Title II reclassification.
In a 180 turn of events, AT&T has not only said the 2 million homes will receive fiber in the DirecTV acquisition, but also all "100 cities" will be getting fiber down the line.
Even though it is more like 20 cities getting a small fiber update — mostly coming to high-end developments — it is still a major step for AT&T to establish itself as 1Gbps Internet provider.
AT&T was not able to hold its bluff long and we wonder what CEO Randall Stephenson was thinking when announcing the postponement of any future fiber deployment.
It seems like the CEO almost forgot about the DirecTV acquisition. This sort of decision making could harm AT&T in the long run, especially since now the company is making promises they will bring fiber to "100 cities".
Posted: November 25, 2014 by David Curry
Austin might be one of the luckiest cities in the U.S., after getting AT&T's 300Mbps and 1Gbps broadband option, Google Fiber will now be available as an alternative.
Coming in December to some Austin "fiberhoods", Google Fiber will be available in three packages:
Free 5MB download and 1MB upload (requires $300 installation).
1Gbps fiber Internet - $70 per month.
1Gbps fiber Internet, 150 TV channels and 1TB of cloud storage - $130 per month.
This is the same pricing structure as Kansas City's Google Fiber. It has taken Google three years to expand into half of Kansas City, but Austin will not take anywhere near as long.
Google will kick off the fiberhood battles in December, where neighborhoods fight to get fiber installed first. Google works on a popularity scale, meaning the more interest in Google Fiber, the faster it will replace old cable.
Interestingly, AT&T, Google Fiber's main rival in Austin, has already entered the market. Citizens in Austin do say the fiber service is limited, with availability only stretching out to some high-end developments.
Google Fiber has been accused of cherry picking too, even though the senior vice president for Google Fiber Milo Medin claims the company is actively looking for popular neighborhoods, not necessarily wealth ones.
The next few years could be crucial for Google Fiber. The merger of AT&T, DirecTV and Comcast, Time Warner Cable could make it harder for new ISPs to grow in the U.S.
Google Fiber is already a household name in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, where the service is already available. It might be harder for Google Fiber to enter markets against Comcast and TWC.
The new net neutrality laws might work in Google's favor as well, if the FCC decides to allow fast-lanes. Google has already said it will not use fast lanes, and Internet companies might promote Fiber as the best alternative to Verizon and Comcast.