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Big Black Eye for Google as it Shuts Down its Fiber Access Network in Louisville, Kentucky

Drew Clark

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BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: As Google says goodbye to the first of its fiber cities in which it has actually deployed connectivity, questions swirl about what happens to the network already in place. In its blog post, Google refers to “learn[ing]” by failing,” and links to an article about challenges of exposed fiber lines and a faulty construction process. To stay active in the community, Google said, it would have to “essentially rebuild our entire network in Louisville.” That didn’t meet the company’s profitability guidelines.

Saying Goodbye to Louisville, from Googleblog:

Over the years, we’ve said a lot of hellos. (Or, more accurately, “Hey there’s.”)

Our first was in 2012, with a big hello to Kansas City. Then, in 2014, Austin and Provo. After that came Charlotte, Atlanta, Orange County, Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville. Most recently, in 2017, it was hello to Huntsville, Louisville and San Antonio.

Today, we’re saying goodbye to one of our Fiber cities. And it ain’t easy.

After a lot of analysis, we’ve made the tough decision to leave Louisville, Kentucky. As we told our customers today, we will be turning off the network on April 15 and their next two months of service are on us.

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Source: Google Fiber Blog: Saying Goodbye to Louisville

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Smaller Internet Providers Were Instrumental to Fiber Deployment in 2020, Says Fiber Broadband Association

Jericho Casper

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Photo of Mike Render courtesy Broadband Communities

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: As Google says goodbye to the first of its fiber cities in which it has actually deployed connectivity, questions swirl about what happens to the network already in place. In its blog post, Google refers to “learn[ing]” by failing,” and links to an article about challenges of exposed fiber lines and a faulty construction process. To stay active in the community, Google said, it would have to “essentially rebuild our entire network in Louisville.” That didn’t meet the company’s profitability guidelines.

Saying Goodbye to Louisville, from Googleblog:

Over the years, we’ve said a lot of hellos. (Or, more accurately, “Hey there’s.”)

Our first was in 2012, with a big hello to Kansas City. Then, in 2014, Austin and Provo. After that came Charlotte, Atlanta, Orange County, Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville. Most recently, in 2017, it was hello to Huntsville, Louisville and San Antonio.

Today, we’re saying goodbye to one of our Fiber cities. And it ain’t easy.

After a lot of analysis, we’ve made the tough decision to leave Louisville, Kentucky. As we told our customers today, we will be turning off the network on April 15 and their next two months of service are on us.

[more…]

Source: Google Fiber Blog: Saying Goodbye to Louisville

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Paul LaManes and Tom McLaughlin: Lessons Learned from a Successful Municipal Broadband Project Partnership

Broadband Breakfast Staff

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The authors of this Expert Opinion are Paul LaManes (left) and Tom McLaughlin

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: As Google says goodbye to the first of its fiber cities in which it has actually deployed connectivity, questions swirl about what happens to the network already in place. In its blog post, Google refers to “learn[ing]” by failing,” and links to an article about challenges of exposed fiber lines and a faulty construction process. To stay active in the community, Google said, it would have to “essentially rebuild our entire network in Louisville.” That didn’t meet the company’s profitability guidelines.

Saying Goodbye to Louisville, from Googleblog:

Over the years, we’ve said a lot of hellos. (Or, more accurately, “Hey there’s.”)

Our first was in 2012, with a big hello to Kansas City. Then, in 2014, Austin and Provo. After that came Charlotte, Atlanta, Orange County, Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville. Most recently, in 2017, it was hello to Huntsville, Louisville and San Antonio.

Today, we’re saying goodbye to one of our Fiber cities. And it ain’t easy.

After a lot of analysis, we’ve made the tough decision to leave Louisville, Kentucky. As we told our customers today, we will be turning off the network on April 15 and their next two months of service are on us.

[more…]

Source: Google Fiber Blog: Saying Goodbye to Louisville

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Next Generation Optical Equipment is Able to Handle Burgeoning Bandwidth Demands, Says ADTRAN

Jericho Casper

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Photo of Greg Luhman in June 2016 from News is My Business

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: As Google says goodbye to the first of its fiber cities in which it has actually deployed connectivity, questions swirl about what happens to the network already in place. In its blog post, Google refers to “learn[ing]” by failing,” and links to an article about challenges of exposed fiber lines and a faulty construction process. To stay active in the community, Google said, it would have to “essentially rebuild our entire network in Louisville.” That didn’t meet the company’s profitability guidelines.

Saying Goodbye to Louisville, from Googleblog:

Over the years, we’ve said a lot of hellos. (Or, more accurately, “Hey there’s.”)

Our first was in 2012, with a big hello to Kansas City. Then, in 2014, Austin and Provo. After that came Charlotte, Atlanta, Orange County, Salt Lake City, Raleigh-Durham, Nashville. Most recently, in 2017, it was hello to Huntsville, Louisville and San Antonio.

Today, we’re saying goodbye to one of our Fiber cities. And it ain’t easy.

After a lot of analysis, we’ve made the tough decision to leave Louisville, Kentucky. As we told our customers today, we will be turning off the network on April 15 and their next two months of service are on us.

[more…]

Source: Google Fiber Blog: Saying Goodbye to Louisville

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