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Google Fiber, which is in the process of deploying in the Triangle, is promising free ultra-fast Internet access to all public housing properties in cities where it offers service. The aim is to deliver the fast Internet "to those who need it most," a Google executive says. Google says it is doing so "voluntarily."
Frontier Communications offers praise for the ConnectHome plan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which includes a partnership with Google Fiber. But Frontier, which provides services in the Durham area, points out its own efforts to expand broadband access.
AT&T applauds Google Fiber's 'free' offer to community centers, notes its own efforts to bridge 'digital divide'
While praising Google Fiber's announced plans Wednesday to offer free ultra-fast Internet access to public housing communities, AT&T notes it is already doing so at several Triangle and Triad locations. And a new program for discounted access is coming.
The FCC says in an annual report on broadband that a "persistent digital divide" remains and that it intends to "accelerate" deployment through a variety of means. A trade group representing Internet providers such as AT&T and Verizon dismissed the report, calling it a "cynical, fact-starved exercise."
The FCC is scheduled to unveil a new report today about the availability of broadband. But it's also likely to create more tension between the industry and the agency which already are fighting in court over "net neutrality" and Internet regulation.
In December, AT&T put on a job fair in the triangle, hoping to hire 80 technicians for its expanding GigaPower and fiber-optic network services. Part of the reason became clear this week: AT&T has added more than 23,500 business customers to its network over the past couple of years.
Overture, a Triangle-based company that sells Ethernet networking technology worldwide, has been acquired by ADVA Optical Networking. Overture says it was approached by ADVA about making a deal. The combination doubles the global market share of the firms in Ethernet networking. ADVA reportedly paid $35 million for the company.
Donald Trump says the government must work with "brilliant people" in Silicon Valley to keep violent extremists offline, even if it means shutting down parts of the Internet. But what he's proposing isn't possible with today's technology.