Residents of a Nashville neighborhood were appalled to find themselves unplugged from Google Fiber when public works crews begin removing the top layer of their street in order to repave the asphalt -- and immediately tore into the cables buried (not far) below.
Seven months ago, the city required all lines -- including those deployed for repair projects -- must be laid at that depth, Cortnye Stone, a spokeswoman for Metro Public Works told Nashville's News4 I-Team.
Using a tape measure, the local news station determined the fiber was buried only two inches under the road.
In June 2017 -- three months before he abruptly quit -- then recently named Google Fiber CEO Greg McCray Greg McCray discussed the company's use of new deployment techniques such as microtrenching, designed to curtail the expense and time associated with fiber rollouts, McCray said.
"As an example, we're doing a lot in shallow trenching so we don't have to worry about the poles, we don't have to go three or four feet boring underground. We've been doing narrow trenching," he added. "We've been working with our fiber cities, with the communities and city managers, getting permits and trials much, much, much faster and with a lot less disruption to the neighborhoods and communities."
In Nashville, Google Fiber pulled 594 permits to lay fiber, News4 said. Google said it will pay and replace all fibers damaged by road construction, a company spokeswoman told the TV station.
In the American Broadband Initiative Milestones Report out today, 20 federal agencies pledge to simplify and accelerate the process for service providers to deliver broadband into America's countryside.
A HIMSS Analytics survey, sponsored by Spectrum Enterprise, identifies five patient experience initiatives to where healthcare providers can boost the customer experience and bring in higher margins using advanced broadband networks.
Partner ecosystem is getting more diverse and Calix relies on broader base of service providers to sell, support and use its software- and cloud-based offerings, President and CEO Carl Russo tells analysts.
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
Even if WiFi coverage is sufficient, typing is not on trend. Voice is far more natural, easier and faster. Using a TV keyboard is archaic when more and more households have access to cloud-based voice services, like Amazon Alexa. This webinar will explore how service providers can create a comfortable, truly smart home for consumers – simultaneously driving up margin and loyalty.