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RST Fiber, a company based in Shelby NC, plans to offer Internet service to homes at gigabit speeds as well as ala carte TV services and super high definition video in the Raleigh area within the next 60 days. While Google Fiber considers building a gigabit network in the Triangle, RST says a statewide fiber optic network is now operational and Raleigh will be one of its first service areas.
RST Fiber on Tuesday activated a North Carolina-wide fiber optic network covering some 3,100 miles. Offering up to 100-gigabit per second Internet access, RST says it has deployed a network to support the "Internet of Everything" as described by Cisco CEO John Chambers.
The Internet giant says it already has met with Triangle, Charlotte and other officials in the 34 communities that are on its shortlist for deployment of Google Fiber networks. Deployment decisions could be made by the end of the year.
Analysis: Google Fiber's stated interest in the Triangle and Charlotte is good news for the state. But is this the "holy grail" for North Carolina? Is access to gigabit service from Google and/or other providers in our urban areas enough? No. I would argue strongly that we are not the Gigabit state until affordable options for scalable broadband service expand into rural North Carolina. This isn't a "nice to have" anymore but a necessity.
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: Google Fiber, expanding entrepreneurial network.
If Google Fiber were to pick the Research Triangle and Charlotte, the high-speed connectivity across the state would take quantum leaps. Don't forget the NC Next Generation Network is under development, MCNC's NCREN has a state-wide fiber backbone, and Time Warner Cable has Duke Net's highway. More projects might be coming - say from some giant like AT&T. Mix all these networks and you have the first "gigastate."
The Triangle area is on the list of metropolitan areas where Internet giant Google wants to deploy its "Google Fiber" broadband network for TV, Internet and other services. However, a final decision about deployment is contingent upon negotiations with various local government agencies.
The people spearheading the NCNGN project are pushing ahead with their own plans even as they welcome the news that a Google Fiber network could be headed to the Triangle. "This is great news for the region, but this is still preliminary and our efforts are still continuing," said Elise Kohn
From Google's selection of the Triangle as part of its Tech Hub network to demonstrating Google Glass here first to picking the Triangle as a possible site for Google Fiber, the Internet giant keeps intensifying its love affair with our region/ Why? In an exclusive interview with WRALTechWire, the head of Google's entrepreneur effort explains why.
In a blog post, a Google executive spells out what the Internet giant is looking for from metro areas such as the Triangle if it is to expand its Google Fiber network there.
On Friday, the N.C. Economic Development Board presented a long-term jobs creation blueprint to Gov. Pat McCrory. So what's in the plan for North Carolina's technology industry as well as entrepreneurs? What about the plan's overall economic output? WRALTechWire is reaching out to executives to discuss their reactions to the plan. Our first exclusive interview is with Joe Freddoso, CEO at MCNC which recently completed a state-wide all-fiber backbone high-speed Internet network.
Much of the work last year focused on supporting the broadband economy of the future - one that produces new and better jobs to keep the United States competitive in the 21st Century. But, what's in store for 2014 and what does it mean for North Carolina?