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Maps are great for finding things that you already know there. If you want to know where a Target is in your area it's easy enough to pop over to Google Maps and search for Target. Unfortunately, maps are really bad (incapable, actually) of telling you what's provided in your area. Availability.net strives to offer a comprehensive list of what services are available broken out by zip code. That way, if you want to know what you can get in your zip code you can simply go to that page and find out.
Posted: September 17, 2014 by David Curry
Kansas City is already spoilt for choice, in my people's eyes, with Google Fiber setting up in the state. Just in case that wasn't enough, DataShack has signed a ten-year contract with the state, to open up their 1Gbps liNKCity fiber optic network.
It should be noted this is for North Kansas City residents, somewhere Google Fiber has not expanded into, yet. DataShack is making a solid move into the area and in a few months, we might see competition between the 1Gbps Internet service providers.
liNKCity Fiber Optic
Not many people will know DataShack, they are a small dedicated and virtual cloud server startup, based in North Kansas City. The move to fiber optic could be huge for the company, but this isn't going to be a big profit.
LiNKCity's fiber optic prices are really amazing for anyone who can get them, $50 for 50mbps, $100 for 100mbps and $300 for 1Gbps, after the installation fee is paid, users don't have to pay a thing for a decade.
That's right. If you pay the installation fee, you don't have to pay another cent. No word on how reliable the 1Gbps will be, LiNKCity is a new service and we still don't know if DataShack will be able to provide for a full decade.
Municipal Broadband, In Commercial Form
DataShack is a commercial company, but back by the Kansas City state and taxpayers, they have been able to offer this service out for way less than a normal commercial entity would.
Even Google Fiber costs $70 per month or $120 if you include TV, and for Verizon FiOS and some other providers, it can rake up to $150-200 per month for excellent standard wireless broadband.
If we get more of this municipal style broadband in commercial form, it could be huge for the broadband industry. Players like Comcast and TWC would need to lower their rates or tag on more incentives, to keep buyers in the region from leaving.
Posted: September 16, 2014 by David Curry
Verizon FiOS has just passed ten years on the block and CEO Lowell McAdam has said they won't rule out more expansion of the FiOS network.
Speaking at Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communacopia Conference, McAdam said while he wouldn't dismiss it, the move would have to be a very high-standard, similar to what Google is doing with Fiber.
McAdam believes Google Fiber has opened up a new model for Verizon, in terms of FiOS deployment. This model would allow them to bring FiOS to neighbourhoods who pre sign-up, to ensure Verizon make enough back from the move.
To keep the shareholders happy, McAdam also claimed if he spotted shareholder value in certain market, he would not hesitate to get Verizon involved.
It has been a good few years since Verizon did anything major with FiOS. Most of the expansion in the past few years has been to educational and apartment facilities in an area, not the whole town.
McAdam might be circling around any confirmation, but it sounds like Verizon wants to implement a system similar to Google Fiber, in a first come first served type of expansion.
This would rid Verizon of moving into a market where people cannot afford or do not want fast-speed broadband. We are sure most people who use the Internet are not included in that market, after years of slow Comcast and TWC service.
It is fair to say the US broadband market has become stale, but Google Fiber has opened up a world of pain for providers who do not want to upgrade their lines.
The problem with Google Fiber is the cherry-picking neighbourhoods, most of the time based on regulators in the state, allowing them to implement gigabyte Internet fast and cheap.
If Verizon wants to make FiOS a direct competitor with Fiber, they need to up the speeds, improve the customer service and work on a new interface, to get the community involved.