•  Ray
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You know, it's hard to be picky. Google Fiber, or a local fiber company -- so long as the Internet speeds trump those provided by generic coax-based ISPs, who are we to complain? Numerous towns around the nation, including many in Tennessee and even the small town of Wilson, North Carolina, have their own small-scale fiber ISPs. These companies compete directly with the huge cable and DSL providers, and now, also with Google Fiber in a handful of cities around the U.S. But when you think of Vermont, one of the least populated states in the nation, you probably don't think of the world's quickest connection speeds.

But maybe you should. Vermont Telephone Company, which covers around 17,500 homes in Vermont, is branching out in order to offer gigabit-level speeds to homes for as low as $35 per month. It's relying on a newly installed fiber network, and so far, around 600 homes are signed on. We're guessing the vast majority of the homes it covers will be on soon, just as soon as word can adequately spread. VTel was reportedly able to string fiber along 1,200 miles by using $94 million it received in stimulus funds. It's actually becoming a familiar tale. To date, over 700 rural phone companies have started the switch to fiber, and we're hoping that as this gains steam, it'll put pressure on the giant ISPs to drop prices, invest in fiber, or simply become more competitive.

I can't wait for this to make it's all around the U.S. I live in a pretty populated area in Connecticut and only get around 5 mb/s with Comcast. Once this makes it way to all of the U.S., 4k television is going to become way more of a reality. Those downloads will be cut down to mere minutes instead of hours. And hopefully the T.V. prices will come down a lot. I find it a little funny that they decided to start in Vermont than in a little more densely populated state, but hey, more power to them.


Looks like Google is starting a revolution. They should branch into Canada, Edmonton specifically...


Strikes me that this is precisely the objective Google has had in mind ; i e, not to invest thousands upon thousands of millions themselves to provide decent internet speeds to the whole country, but rather with a limited investment to inspire many others to contribute to that development, which will undoubtedly be of benefit to Google's bottom line. Got to admire their strategic vision !...



woohoo go google put everyone else on notice and make us give us the service we deserve for the ridiculous prices they charge !!!!


Comcast around by me in Chicago claims something like 50+ mb/s, but I've never seen it go past 5. Fiber would be a dream come true around here.



Fiber-internet competition!

:D This is exactly what we need! Companies like google and Vtel need to start getting competitive pricing between eachother. That will draw in more companies, giving the consumer more choice (Or the illusion of choice >.>)

and then it would presumably be better for us in the short run. it's too early to say about the long run..


Comcast may preach about there faster internet but technically coaxial cable is to fiber as phone lines are to coaxial cable at best in the current implementation and probably even twice that if not 4 times it bandwidth and capability wise. It really makes you wonder why the big phone and internet providers did not start rolling it out sooner because as it stands anyone can beat them not to mention surpass them almost instantaneously. It would also have enhanced the cellular market in the end as well because the easier the path the better and less demanding the reception as well as transmission would be. As it stands smaller operational consortium can walk right into a community now relatively easily throw down some fiber and own that market completely.


Just an FYI Greg, Docsis 2.0 modems (motorola surfboard, Ambit) can achieve those speeds but they will burn out so companies limit them. You need Docsis 3.0 to get consistent speeds over usually 40Mbps. 



Fiber has been relatively expensive I know when I first started seeing new housing developments use fiber it was only in very lavish rich areas. And really it was a bonus not expected the first one I saw cost something like 20k per house granted it was a pretty big development but I dont think anything else roads power ect came close. And now its fairly common to get it for under 5k per home.

But combine old prices with the fact that most internet companys didnt have to compete. It was litterally comcast held 80% of market and at&t and other places like it held rural areas that didnt have comcast. While local companys spurred out they didnt often take alot of customers, and since local network normally isnt big enough to get peer agreement those local companys had to shell out to tie into the bigger companys backbones.

Competition is a friend to consumers in a free market but lately until several companys started to make a push. Internet providers have become complacent due to lack of competition. Why offer a service for 20% markup when you can get 1000% why put more effort in providing a better service if customers will not leave.


I wish they would come out here to Maryland. We have Verizon and Comcast. I am not happy with either one and the customer service for both companies is the pits. It would be nice to have some competition out here.