Over at Tech Times, Aaron Mamiit reports that everyone's dream ISP, the gigabit-per-second Google Fiber, might be dialing back their ambitious plan to take over the world. Although Google brass undoubtedly understood that revolutionizing the world of high-speed Internet in the U.S.A. would be a difficult task, rolling out the fiberoptic Internet infrastructure has proven to be even more expensive and time-consuming that initially expected. The company is rethinking its plans to roll the service out in some areas, like Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and it has suspended at least two projects, in San Jose, Calif., and and Portland, Ore.
Understandably, the biggest expense, reports Mamiit, is finishing "the last mile" of installation, requiring ripping up streets and property to get the fiberoptic lines physically into people's houses. Because of that last hurdle, Google is looking to replace the final step with a wireless instead. "One of the sources said that," Mamiit writes, "for most cases, Google Fiber is looking to use wireless technology to connect homes to the service as opposed to underground fiber optic cables. In other cases, Google would be looking to lease existing fiber networks or ask the cities or power companies to build out the networks themselves."
So run the fiber to each city, and then each neighborhood, and then finish the job wirelessly.
Read Aaron Mamiit's full story at Tech Times.