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The Telecom Digest for Apr 4, 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 61 : "text" Format
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Comcast rolling out 2 Gbps service to 18M homes (Neal McLain)
Online phone number lookups have changed (Bill Horne)

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Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2015 19:49:19 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <nmclain.remove-this@and-this-too.annsgarden.com> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Comcast rolling out 2 Gbps service to 18M homes Message-ID: <8dedb7e7-a0fa-4615-84c5-1c2bcdcdcfe6@googlegroups.com> By Brian Santo, CED magazine, 04/02/2015 Comcast will offer fiber to the home (FTTH) connectivity to the majority of its customers by the end of the year. Atlanta will be the first market for the service, Gigabit Pro, which will likely go head to head with Google Fiber. The move represents a major alternate route in Comcast's technological roadmap. Furthermore, Comcast will have a significant marketing choice: it could either bow to Google's pressure on broadband prices, or it could hold pricing steady and not be even close to being cost-competitive. Comcast is seeing Google Fiber's 1 Gbps in Atlanta and raising to 2 Gbps, symmetrical. Comcast said Gigabit Pro will be available starting next month (May) to 1.5 million customers in Atlanta. http://www.cedmagazine.com/news/2015/04/comcast-rolling-out-2-gbps-service-to-18m-homes?et_cid=4497326&et_rid=652835436&location=top -or- http://tinyurl.com/kym7tof My usual question at this point would be: will Google's Atlanta franchise require it to cover the same geographic area as Comcast's? Or will it allow Google to serve only selected neighborhoods? But in this case, that question is moot, at least in the short run. It appears that Comcast plans to use its existing hybrid-fiber-coax network. This apparently explains why the 2-Gig service will be available only to customers within 1/3 mile of a fiber node. Google's all-fiber network won't have this limitation, so there will be areas where Google fiber holds a monopoly on 2-Gig service. In these areas Comcast will be at a competitive disadvantage -- at least until it extends its fiber network beyond the 1/3 mile limit. Neal McLain ***** Moderator's Note ***** Sounds like "Too little, too late". The way I see it, Comcast chose to sit on its assets and Google leapfrogged them. Bill Horne Moderator
Date: Fri, 03 Apr 2015 10:36:22 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: telecomdigestsubmissions.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Online phone number lookups have changed Message-ID: <mfm8fi$fdm$1@dont-email.me> I have a relative who is a lawyer, and I tried to call her this morning. I drew a blank while trying to remember her phone number, so I went to anywho.com and looked up her name. Anywho.com wanted money to provide the phone number. So did 411.com. So did yp.com. Superpages.com didn't provide her number, but it did find "59 matches in <her city> MA", none of which matched her address, and all of which were nowhere near <her city>. I am left wondering if online lookups are no longer available without charge. If there's been some sea change I'm unaware of, I'd like to read about it. I'd especially like to know if this means Ma Bell will have to publish phone books again. -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)

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