17 April 2013

Google Fiber's New Path to Market

One of the not-so-secret issues about Google Fiber is that it takes a long time to run fiber and connect households. Google Fiber has been signing up customers in Kansas City since the fall, more recently, they announced plans to build systems and offer service in Olathe, Kansas (in suburban Kansas City) and Austin, Texas. However, Google Fiber's announcement today offers a new path to market: buy an existing network and offer service on it (in this case, in Provo, Utah). This is a development that bears watching. I imagine every other fiber-to-the-premises providers, particularly ones that are municipally-owned, have a new possible exit strategy in their plans.

Additional: More info on the Google Fiber-Provo deal from Jeff Baumgartner in Multichannel News

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