Posts tagged “Fiber”

Updated May 1, 2014

Premium Lock AT&T reportedly wants to buy DirecTV in a $40B deal

AT&T                           Communications giant AT&T is interested in acquiring satellite broadcaster DirecTV in a deal that would be worth some $40 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal. AT&T recently announced plans to deploy a fiber-optic network in the Triangle and is investing in a new online video venture.

May 1, 2014

Premium Lock Triangle steps up Google Fiber drive with new film: #FIBEREDUP

Community activists striving to bring Google Fiber and its ultra-fast Internet service to the Triangle are intensifying their efforts. Tonight they premier a film titled #FIBEREDUP which they hope demonstrates to Google how important fiber-optic service would be.

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April 16, 2014

Premium Lock Raleigh signs on to AT&T ultra-fast Internet plan

The Raleigh City Council on Wednesday authorized the city manager and attorney to contract with AT&T to bring the communications provider's next-generation internet and cable service to local residents.

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Updated April 16, 2014

Premium Lock Wake Forest is test bed for gigabit internet

RST Fiber began installing the fiber Tuesday that the company says will bring internet speeds up to 100 times faster than cable to Triangle-area homes.

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Updated March 29, 2014

Premium Lock ExitEvent news: High speed Internet is a modern gold rush

ExitEvent ExitEvent and WRALTechWire will be cooperating in presenting news about the region's entrepreneurial sector. Today, entrepreneur Jivan Achreja offers his analysis on what Google Fiber could mean to the Triangle.

Updated March 20, 2014

Premium Lock Hey Triangle, are you getting #FIBEREDUP?

How bad do you want Google Fiber in the Triangle? Maybe there's a way for you to show your excitement.

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Updated March 12, 2014

Premium Lock Why wait for Google? Gigabit Internet coming to Raleigh soon

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.

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Updated March 12, 2014

Premium Lock Shelby firm's statewide fiber network makes NC a 'gigabit state'

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.

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Updated March 3, 2014

Premium Lock Google spells out quick timeline, 'checklist' for Fiber network to cities

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.

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Updated February 25, 2014

Premium Lock How can North Carolina become a true Gigabit State?

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.

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Updated February 25, 2014

Premium Lock Something's happening here - and it's clear: Startup boom time

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.

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Updated February 21, 2014

Premium Lock Google Fiber could help make NC the first 'gigastate'

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."

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Updated February 20, 2014

Premium Lock Google picks Triangle for fiber network deployment list

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.

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Updated February 20, 2014

Premium Lock NC Next Generation Network welcomes Google news but pushes ahead with own agenda

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

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Updated February 20, 2014

Premium Lock Kiss-and-tell exclusive: Why Google just loves the Triangle

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.

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Updated February 19, 2014

Premium Lock Here's what Google Fiber wants from metro areas to land network

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.

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Updated January 27, 2014

Premium Lock Reacting to NC jobs strategy: Broadband exec likes what he sees

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.

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January 13, 2014

Premium Lock Look for broadband to have huge impact in 2014

The Broadband Report       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?

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