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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.
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
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.
Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable faces as much as a year of U.S. scrutiny that probably will end in approval after regulators secure pledges the combined company won't harm Internet users. The $45.2 billion deal was announced Thursday.
Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus called the $132.50-a-share bid a "low-ball offer" in an interview. The proposal included about $83 cash per share and about $49.50 in stock, according to Charter. Excluding debt, the deal would be worth about $37.3 billion.
A breakup of Time Warner Cable, which Comcast and Charter Communications are said to be considering as part of a joint bid, would let the industry consolidate while potentially sidestepping regulatory hurdles.
DukeNet, a fiber optic network company based in Charlotte, provides data and bandwidth services to wireless carriers, data centers and other businesses and customers in North Carolina, South Carolina and five other states in the Southeast.
Just in time to coincide with the beginning of a new hockey season, Time Warner Cable is making a huge power play for high-speed Internet access in the Carolinas with the $600 million buy of DukeNet. If TWC wins regulatory approval - it scores.
Two big businesses, each with a major presence in North Carolina, are joining other major companies such as GE in moving retired workers to healthcare exchanges. Many more firms are expected to join the trend. "Things are going to change dramatically," one expert on healthcare trends says. "Over the next two to three years, we see a much more aggressive rethinking of what employers are going to provide."
Facing growing competition, the cable giant is expanding Wi-Fi coverage across Manhattan. It recently added thousands of hot spots in Los Angeles and is expanding in two metro areas where Google Fiber is being installed.
Cable companies are seeking to keep customers by ensuring access to exclusive content while fending off competition from upstart Web providers. Time Warner Cable has more than 300 contracts, and some of them may bar media outlets from providing content to online pay-TV services, Chief Executive Officer Glenn Britt says.