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Spectrum - March 5, 2010

Guest Opinion: How you can help Palo Alto win Google Open Fiber

by Bob Harrington

Palo Alto needs your help now to land a 'game changing' offer.

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Bob Harrington has been a close follower of discussions about high-speed fiber-optic possibilities for Palo Alto for more than 10 years. He presently is adviser to the mayor on broadband issues. He can be e-mailed at


Posted by Mark, a resident of Meadow Park
on Mar 5, 2010 at 9:28 am

Makes sense to me.

Just joined a new Facebook fan site: Palo Alto for Google Fiber Web Link

Fierce-fast fiber is what I want. Wouldn't mind saving a few bucks in the process. I'm nominating Palo Alto and asking my friends and service club members to do the same Web Link

Posted by Need more info, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

What would be the cost to the user, and what would be the cost to the city?

Posted by Charlie, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 5, 2010 at 11:49 am

I first found info on local site iPaloAlto Web Link

I note the comment above: 'Everyone wins with lower prices. Tantalizingly low prices are likely to entice you to sign-up quickly. But here's the real payoff for everyone. Whether you voluntarily subscribe to a fiber service or not, everyone in the market served by Google Open Fiber will likely be offered lower prices, not just from Google but also from the incumbent service providers. Like 25 percent lower for starters.'

I agree. Comcast and AT&T may see open fiber as a competitor even tho they could choose to join the fiber network themselves. It is, after all, open to all. If they choose to go it alone, they will have to bomb their prices to have any hope of retaining their customers.

Sharply lower pricing has occurred in every American market once a municipal fiber network like this goes in. Predatory pricing is among their first responses, after Comcast and AT&T roll out their FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) campaigns.

Expect to see their negative posts soon disguised as local citizens in this Town Square thread. FUD has been in virtually every other fiber story thread on Town Square since the beginning.

Posted by Carroll Harrington, a resident of Community Center
on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Gigabytes of gratitude to Bob Harrington (no relation) for his prodigious efforts to get broadband access for Palo Alto. I was in the Fiber to the Home Trial, and the internet connection was fast, seamless and reliable. I urge you to go to iPaloAlto (Web Link) and nominate Palo Alto for Google Open Fiber. THEN send Bob's Guest Opinion to your friends and colleagues urging them to do the same. Think how terrific it will be to have a rainbow of fiber connections in our community.

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