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Google Fiber May Be Coming Soon, But At What Price?

Original post made by Jim Neal, Old Mountain View, on Apr 23, 2014

I was at the City Council Meeting tonight and after several hours spent discussing Dog Parks and Council Salary, the City Council finally got around to discussing the matter of Google's proposed fiber network, which in my opinion will have a much more far reaching impact than either of those two.

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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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I thought people might like to see these two links for more information about what happened in Kansas City:


Web Link (Article)


www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNa5tQu3zmY (Video)


Jim Neal
Candidate, Mountain View City Council
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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Apr 25, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I agree with you on this one Jim. Not that exactly this will happen anywhere else, but people somehow think the fiber optic fairy will waive a wand and fiber nodes and drops will magically appear. Lots of work involved, trees to be cut, vaults to be installed right in your way on the sidewalk, streets to be dug up.

ATT using twisted pair for their big new(er) service should be a clue. Anyone who was knows the history of past projects(Or WHO WAS ACTUALLY THERE,*ahem*) knows what is involved. Not sure why anyone wants to ignore the obvious other than it makes it easier to dump on Comcast.

I'm not sure why everyone has seemed to forgot comcast=att=tci/tci=@home=comcast/etcetcetc

Overall-- I lean towards let them do it.

People are going to complain no matter what. f'rinstance That "GIANT" sign that is at the Grocery Outlet on Alma.... you can't even see it until you get right up on the building because of all the telephone poles and cables all over that stretch of road....


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Posted by Jim Neal
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 25, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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@Sparty -- This is pretty much what I was trying to say in the other article. I'm not against the project per se, I just want to make sure that we have all the facts and details and know about all the potential problems ahead of time so we don't end up with a big mess.

I'm also concerned about what future pricing will look like if this becomes a near-monopoly like he one we have now. I remember when cable was less than $40 a month. Now most bills are close to $150 because you almost have to get the bundled service (internet/phone/basic cable) and they charge you for the converters and everything else they can think of, and that is BEFORE they get you for the premium channels. They also charge you if you want sports packages, international channels, etc.

I'd like to see this slowed down a bit to see if we can get some other Fiber competitors in the door. I think competition is good and in the long term will drive prices downward.

Jim Neal
Candidate, Mountain View City Council
Web Link
info@electneal.org