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News - March 4, 2011

Palo Alto makes fresh pitch for Google Fiber

City manager cites existing collaborations with Google as reason why Palo Alto should be selected for Google's fiber-optic project

by Gennady Sheyner

As Google winnows down the field of applicants for its highly coveted "Google Fiber to Community" project, Palo Alto is making a last-gasp push to convince the high-tech giant to turn the city's longstanding fiber dreams into reality.

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Posted by Sally
a resident of Southgate
on Mar 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

At the heart of Silicon Valley, Google Fiber would certainly be welcome in Palo Alto.

Given Google's stated criteria, it seems like a perfect fit to me.

Palo Alto is ground zero for its concentration of innovative brainpower, a critical factor in maintaining America's strength on the world scene.

The continued pursuit of Google Fiber for Palo Alto by City Manager Jim Keene and city leaders is greatly appreciated.

Posted by Dennis
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Odd, is it not, all this brain power combined with hi-tech venture capital, and Palo Alto is stuck with Comcast and ATT.

Posted by Douglas Moran
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Douglas Moran is a registered user.

With the wide spectrum of Google managers living in Palo Alto, one would think that Google would want this installed in Palo Alto so that those decision-makers and designers would have personal experience with the system and be better able to relate to what "normal" people are experiencing. From personal experience, there is a huge difference between a system in your home and one at work--at work there is support staff and equipment that can hide many problems from those users.

I hope that the City has included this in their advocacy (hint, hint, hint).

Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Dennis, if you are unhappy with Comcast and AT&T, you might want to look at's Fusion offering here in Palo Alto. They offer ASDL2+ with up to 20Mbps internet along with bundled phone service for $39.99/month (+ tax).

I have it and it's great. will transfer your existing phone number from AT&T. You'll get free local and nationwide calling, caller ID and voicemail. You can even have your voice phone messages emailed to you, if you like. The support staff is terrific - both knowledgeable and very helpful. If you work from home, you can configure "Annex M" on the line which will allow you to increase your upstream bandwidth (taking some bandwidth from the downstream side), giving you faster upload speeds. Google was smart to pick for their Stanford fiber trial.

I also have Comcast as well - but Comcast Business, not their consumer offering. Comcast Business is a separate operation from their consumer cable offering. If you need the raw bandwidth, their Business DOCSIS 3.0 service is 90 Mbps is a good value. Of course, they also offer phone service, but I haven't tried it.

Posted by bob
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Palo Alto's aging population is not the best fit for the goal of Google's fiber give-away. Google should look elsewhere. The low penetration of the Utility's current fiber offerings speaks volumes about how people see the city government as a purvey of telecommunications services.

Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I already have fiber from the CPAU. It is just wonderful! It was like pulling teeth to get it installed, but once it was in, WOW!

The install fee was reasonable, and I get a gigabit port at PAIX for a much cheaper per Mb rate than any DSL or Cable connection.

Not to mention zero downtime and pick from over 150 ISP's. Plus I can upgrade to 10 gigabit at anytime.

Those 600Mb dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi boxes are a lot more fun to surf on when properly fed!



Posted by Charlie
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

qq, ARe you a city employee? And how you get connected?

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2011 at 11:44 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Where do you have to live to get on to fiber now?

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