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Advancing Broadband: Google Fiber, Telecom Jobs, Gigabit Expanding

December 3, 2014

iStock_000006799258SmallAccording to the White House, “Responding to the increasing consumer demand for services accessed through broadband, the private sector has been driving important advances in infrastructure and technology.” Indeed, between 2009 and 2013, private sector companies invested $200 billion in wired and wireless broadband networks. The White House report also noted, “Just two of the largest U.S. telecommunications companies account for greater combined stateside investment than the top five oil/gas companies, and nearly four times more than the big three auto companies combined.”

As we continue to show in our “Advancing Broadband” series, the investment continues today. Here are just a few recent investments and statistics we’ve noticed that show there is a robust, competitive, private broadband market in the U.S.:

  • Residents of south and southeast Austin, Texas could begin signing up for Google Fiber’s superfast broadband service this week.
  • AT&T announced in late November that it had created and filled 275 new jobs in Alabama. According to a press release, “Much of the hiring has been spurred by AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP). Project VIP is an investment plan to expand and enhance IP broadband networks to support customer’s growing desire for mobile, ultra-fast and reliable access to everything on the Internet, particularly video.”
  • This week AT&T also announced it had created and filled 500 new jobs in Louisiana.
  • LightReading.Com profiles CenturyLink’s efforts to bring gigabit broadband speeds to 22 cities in the U.S.
  • Comcast Business recently announced it will provide multi-gigabit service to businesses in Bennington County, Vt.