Big news came out of Google this week as we learned that their plan to bring ultrafast fiber to homes around the country has been put on hiatus in favor of something we know a little about. Via MIT Technology Review:
Laying fiber is, it turns out, pretty expensive. That’s one reason why expansion of Google Fiber’s ambitious project to bring ultrafast internet to U.S. cities around has been placed on hold. The company has spent spent hundreds of millions of dollars laying fiber-optic cables to bring Internet service as much as 100 times faster than average high-speed wireless to customers in six cities so far.
That's not the most interesting part, however.
Another reason appears to be a growing sense that gigabit Internet can be delivered much more cheaply if the wires are ditched. Not only is it pricey to dig up streets to lay the fiber, the thinking goes, but Google Fiber often found itself negotiating with big ISPs—whose business is essentially being undermined by the project—over access to telephone poles. Super-fast Wi-Fi transmitters, on the other hand, can be mounted on the tops of tall buildings to beam Internet access directly to users.
Google Fiber’s big move toward wireless came when it announced in June that it is buying Webpass, a company that uses wireless technology to provide homes with gigabit Internet access. The purchasing process is still ongoing, but it stands to reason that the next two cities due to get the Google Fiber treatment—San Jose, California, and Portland, Oregon—may instead get a dose of blazing-fast Internet delivered over the airwaves.
Google has figured out something Northwoods Connect (and other wireless internet service providers around the country) have known for years. Wireless Internet delivery is the future and we're glad to help lead the charge right here in Wisconsin (Google is going to focus their efforts in large out-of-state metro areas). And with our upcoming transition to high-speed LTE later this year, we'll have even faster service and will be ready for the exciting days ahead.