Google considers expanding high-speed broadband to Triangle – February 19, 2014

The Triangle is one of nine metropolitan areas where Google is considering expanding its high-speed Internet and TV service known as Google Fiber.

Over the next several months, the company expects to do topography and infrastructure studies and hold planning conversations with local officials to determine whether the Triangle is suited for its network. Google’s fiber optic network offers residential customers 1 gigabit-per-second Internet service, which is nearly 100 times faster than most broadband connections in the United States.

“By the end of the year, we hope to provide an update on which cities we will be bringing Google Fiber to,” said Kevin Lo, general manager for Google Fiber.

 

Triangle CEOs react to Google Fiber announcement – February 21, 2014

Google Fiber could be coming to the Triangle, and executives are excited about what the news could mean – both for their businesses, their households and their communities.

So I suggested they share their thoughts on what Google Fiber would mean to the Triangle. They were happy to oblige:

Scot Wingo, CEO of Morrisville-based ChannelAdvisor (NYSE: ECOM):

“Faster speed and more choices are a rising tide for all internet applications, including ecommerce.”

Machelle Sanders, RTP-based vice president and general manager of Weston, Mass.-based Biogen Idec (Nasdaq: BIIB):

“While it sounds like a decision is still a ways off, it’s exciting to consider the possibilities that could come from bringing this technology to our region. This kind of development attracts the kinds of people that are going to drive the innovation economy here in the Triangle, and we definitely have the kind of community that would be able to leverage the opportunities that the Google technology could bring.”

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2014/02/triangle-ceos-react-to-google-fiber.html?page=all

City of Raleigh takes open technology to the limit – January 28, 2014

Open data, open access and open source.

That’s the scope of the Open Raleigh initiative, currently under way in the City of Raleigh, N.C. The concerted effort aims to improve citizens’ ability to tap government data, sharpen city officials’ decision-making, promote open-source technology and increase high-speed Internet access.

The city council’s 2012 open government resolution provided the impetus for Open Raleigh, which is slated to expand this year. Gail Roper, Raleigh’s chief information officer, said the plan is consistent with the city’s overall push for greater transparency.

The effort got another lift recently through its collaboration with Code for America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that places developers with local governments through its fellowship program. “The start of our Code for America initiative here helped us to be a little bit more strategic in terms of our effort to move forward,” Roper said.

Link: http://gcn.com/articles/2014/01/28/open-raleigh.aspx

Broadband networks already in construction, planning for Triangle – February 20, 2014

The push for stronger fiber networks is happening already in the Triangle.

In Holly Springs, a crew is boring a small tunnel for a new town-funded fiber-optic network. Across the region, municipalities and universities are laying the groundwork for a regional high-speed network.

While these efforts haven’t brought new competition to the area’s high-speed Internet market, these government-backed efforts show that any new Internet provider likely will find friendly hosts in North Carolina.

The N.C. Next Generation Network is an alliance of municipalities and schools that includes Raleigh, Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Winston Salem, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and Wake Forest University.

The group is jointly negotiating with eight private companies that are interested in bringing high-speed network service to the area. Together, the members are offering access to their existing cables, conduits and data centers, which could become part of a new cable network.

One of the interested companies is Time Warner Cable, but the rest will remain anonymous until negotiations are finished, said Bill Stice, technology director for Cary and vice chairman of the NCNGN steering committee.

Beyond an offering of assets, the effort is an invitation to companies. The process is meant to show the players’ willingness to work with each other and with potential service providers, and to examine the needs of potential contractors.

“By kind of cooperating and engaging in this effort, it is a more efficient process for all involved,” said Elise Kohn, program director for NCNGN.

Link: http://www.southwestwakenews.com/2014/02/20/3638943/broadband-networks-already-in.html

City wants ultrafast internet, Google or not – February 21, 2014

Winston-Salem and the Triad were not among nine areas named recently by Google as candidates for its next wave of ultrafast fiber-optic Internet service, but local officials are pushing to bring a similar service here.

The city sees the ultra-fast capabilities as something that can set it apart from the competition.

“What we are increasingly seeing is that cities know that this is something that can separate us from other places even in the area of economic development,” said Ed McNeal, the director of marketing and communications for Winston-Salem. “It puts you on the forefront of recruiting businesses.”

The fiber-optic connection can make downloading 100 times faster than broadband connections available now. Instead of using up to an hour to download a movie, someone with the new ultrafast connection could do that in less than a minute.

Link: http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/city-wants-ultrafast-internet-google-or-not/article_96d49c7c-9b5f-11e3-9cbb-0017a43b2370.html

Why the Town of Cary isn’t waiting for Google Fiber – February 21, 2013

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, then you missed the announcement by Google(Nasdaq: GOOG) that it’s considering the Triangle for Google Fiber - a technology that provides ultra-high internet speeds and could mean cheaper, faster internet for everyone.

The Town of Cary, however, just released a response saying that although it’s “very excited about Google’s announcement,” it remains committed to another fiber project- the North Carolina Next Generation Network.

The town first committed to NCNGN when Google rejected Cary’s bid for Google Fiber in 2010. In the letter, penned by MayorHarold Weinbrecht, Cary wants “to make it clear” that the town is still committed to NCNGN, part of the nationwide Gig U project aimed at installing fiber networks across the United States.

Link: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/blog/2014/02/cary-reacts-to-google-fiber-announcement.html

Something’s happening here – and it’s clear: Startup boom time – February 25, 2014

It’s well known among area entrepreneurs that something big is happening in the Triangle. And increasingly, people outside of startup circles understand, perhaps more vaguely, that good things are brewing.

Two recent developments underlined the potential and excitement — one of them being the proverbial ‘front page news’ and both of them tied to an essential ingredient of entrepreneurial success: connectivity.

Last week, Google announced it will engage with seven Triangle metros, including Durham and Raleigh, to see whether it can bring Fiber here. The service delivers internet connectivity at a fantastically fast rate. High-speed fiber is exciting and important not just for tech start-ups, but for anyone with an idea and a need to connect to the rest of the world to see it through.

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/adam-klein-/13425299/

Broadband networks already in construction, planning for Triangle – February 20, 2014

The push for stronger fiber networks is happening already in the Triangle.

In Holly Springs, a crew is boring a small tunnel for a new town-funded fiber-optic network. Across the region, municipalities and universities are laying the groundwork for a regional high-speed network.

While these efforts haven’t brought new competition to the area’s high-speed Internet market, these government-backed efforts show that any new Internet provider likely will find friendly hosts in North Carolina.

The N.C. Next Generation Network is an alliance of municipalities and schools that includes Raleigh, Cary, Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Winston Salem, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, N.C. State University and Wake Forest University.

The group is jointly negotiating with eight private companies that are interested in bringing high-speed network service to the area. Together, the members are offering access to their existing cables, conduits and data centers, which could become part of a new cable network.

Link: http://www.southwestwakenews.com/2014/02/20/3638943/broadband-networks-already-in.html

Google considering Triangle sites for high-speed network – February 19, 2014

Google Inc. announced Wednesday that seven cities in the Triangle, including Durham and Chapel Hill, are in the running for a possible new fiber-optic network that would mean Internet speeds up to 100 times faster than basic broadband speeds.

The company invited 34 communities in nine metro areas in the United States to jointly explore “what it would take to build a new fiber-optic network,” according to information posted on the website https://fiber.google.com/newcities/.

Link: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/showcase/x147183578/Google-considering-Triangle-sites-for-high-speed-network

 

 

Broadband survey to evaluate state’s digital economy – October 14, 2013

N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker has invited all North Carolina households and businesses to participate in a new broadband survey released last week through NC Broadband.

The survey and scorecard project will be conducted all over North Carolina throughout October to help households and businesses throughout the state increase their economic vitality by better utilizing broadband technologies, according to a statement released from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Link: http://wraltechwire.com/broadband-survey-to-evaluate-state-s-digital-economy/12991767/