Answers to the three big questions Google Fiber ducked on the way south

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Along with a posse of elected officials, Google held four press events in southern states yesterday to formally announce the metro areas and cities picked for fiber to the home builds:

  • Atlanta, Georgia and the nearby cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • The Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina metro area, including those two cities plus Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Garner and Morrisville.
  • Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee.

The next step is to do the necessary, detailed engineering work, a process that's expected to take several months to complete. Googl

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Stay rational and deliver on broadband promises if you want more

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Not everyone feels a need for broadband.

There are two things rural communities in California have to do, to ensure broadband development efforts meet both current and future needs: focus the conversation on concrete, rational needs and demonstrate that existing resources are well and enthusiastically used.

That was the message from Eric Brown, CEO of the California Telehealth Network, at last week'sEastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Con

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Google Fiber hops to the southeast, no word for the west

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The west end of an eastbound rabbit.

Today looks like the day we'll find out where Google Fiber's next cities will be. Rumors have been swirling for a couple of days and went from fuzzy to sharp yesterday when Google sent out invitations for press events in several cities, with no particular purpose stated. So far, it looks like the winners are going to be in the southeastern U.S.

Newspapers and websites in the Atlanta, Georgia area report <a href="http://www.brookhavenpost.co/google-fiber-news-for-brookhaven-go

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FCC needs to recognise that paying for knowledge isn’t the same as buying service

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Negative results can be a positive benefit.

Thirty-seven companies and other organisations were on the list of winning bidders vying to take part in the FCC's rural broadband experiments. Of those, six are already off the list because they "either withdrew from consideration for rural broadband experiments funding or did not submit the required information by the Friday, December 19 deadline", accord

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Eastern California businesses challenged by booming bandwidth demand

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You got a job to do.

"Five of you can take out my Internet and I have 93 rooms", Dan Spurgeon, general manager of the Marriott Springhill Suites in Ridgecrest said. That's despite his recent 50 Mbps upgrade, which he will soon need to re-double. He was one of several local leaders speaking at the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium conference in Ridgecrest on Thursday.

Rapidly growing demand for more bandwidth – 40% year after year according to Spurgeon – is a major challenge for businesses and government agencies in eastern California. The Digital 395 project

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Praxis picked to build and run FTTH network in California’s Owens Valley

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"We're in contract negotiations with Praxis now, and we hope to have a contract by February 10th", Brandon Shults, the information services director for Inyo, announced yesterday at the Eastern Sierra Connect Regional Broadband Consortium's annual conference in Ridgecrest. He was talking about the 21st Century Obsidian Project, an ambitious effort to build a fiber to the home system down the western half of Inyo County – in other words, the Owens Valley.

Praxis is the company behind the <a href="http://www.tellusventure.com/blog/digital-395-fiber-draws-a-last-mile-

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Obama promotes Internet to infrastructure, skips community broadband details

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Some Christmas trees actually have fiber.

The five point plan to promote community broadband announced by U.S. president Barack Obama last week was billed as a prelude to last night's state of the union address. But he didn't specifically mention it.

More importantly though, what Obama did in his speech is lump broadband in with traditional infrastructure projects...

Twenty-first century businesses need 21st ce

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U.S. supreme court avoids ruling on limits of federal authority over state and local broadband rules, for now

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When your name is Roswell, reality can be subjective.

The U.S. supreme court declined to wade any deeper into the question of how much leeway local governments have to block installation of cellular towers and equipment. In a decision last week regarding a dispute between T-Mobile and Roswell, Georgia, the court ruled very narrowly in T-Mobile's favor, saying the city didn't give its reasons for denying a tower permit soon

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New CPUC president emphasises openness and safety at first meeting

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Michael Picker set out his goals for as president of the California Public Utilities Commission yesterday, as he opened the first meeting of his term.

"We regulate the industries that build and maintain the services that are key to our daily lives and prosperity: electricity, natural gas telecommunications, rail and transportation and water", he said. "Over the years we've served the citizens of the State of California by making sure that the utilities who provide those services and build the infrastructure use their economic power – that's our central reason for being – for our benefit and safety".

Picker then moved on to the controversy over apparently improper communications between commissioners, staff and regulated utiliti

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Municipal broadband development is a local job, with or without presidential backing

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Good words, but no new money.

Community-based broadband networks got a ringing endorsement from U.S. president Barack Obama yesterday. You can watch the speech here, or read the transcript prepared by the white house press office.

The question now is whether the speech kicked off a serious policy initiative or just served as the headline issue of the day. It's very possible this speech or the upcoming state of the union address will be the last we'll hear about community broadband from the president until he holds a promised summit meeting with mayors and county supervis

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