Google to explore bringing its fiber optic high-speed internet service to tampa electricity cost per kwh by country


If Google Fiber does eventually come to Tampa — the company insists it isn’t a certainty — analysts said it will undoubtedly disrupt the existing Internet and TV marketplace and benefit consumers by pressuring other providers to offer faster, cheaper service.

But Google said it will do it at a fraction of the cost. In other markets, Google charges $70 monthly for its Internet-only service and a plan with both gigabit Internet and TV for $130 monthly with channels generally comparable to other companies.

"We want to help usher in the next chapter of what the web will look like," said Jill Szuchmacher, director of expansion for Google Fiber. The service would trigger "the same kind of innovation we saw when we all as Americans got to step up from dial-up to broadband. We’re excited to usher in this next chapter. … Competition does work."

The Mountain View, Calif.-based technology giant made the announcement with Buckhorn at the University of Tampa’s John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center. The news had been a closely guarded secret among city leaders who were first approached by Google two weeks ago.

Does this mean Google Fiber is definitely coming to Tampa? Far from it, said Google. The technology behemoth said it must first work with Tampa officials to see what would need to be done from a technical and engineering perspective to expand the network to Tampa.

Right now, residents and businesses in just three cities can order Google Fiber — Provo, Utah, Kansas City and Austin. But Google is planning on offering the service in six other cities: Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville; San Antonio, Texas; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Salt Lake City; and Atlanta.

Google is providing Tampa with a check list that asks for a wide range of information necessary before it starts laying fiber optics. That includes detailed information on permitting and access issues tied to existing Internet and cable TV infrastructure such as underground conduits and utility poles.

"We need to understand what it would take to build in Tampa," said Szuchmacher. "It’s all very in the weeds kind of technical and engineering detail. But those are the kinds of things that we really need to understand. … It can be disruptive for a community that is not ready for it."

"There’s plenty of fiber optic cable in America already," the company said in pamphlet about Google Fiber. "But very little of it goes directly to homes — so this means your Internet signal travels at Autobahn speeds for most of its journey, but then slows down as it gets near your house."

Google Fiber could be a game-changer in Tampa where two providers, Verizon and Bright House, currently provide Internet at speeds at least half as fast as Google with most of their customers far closer to the national average of 11.9 megabits per second.

A response may not come from Verizon or Bright House per se. That is because Charter Communications announced in May it plans a merger with Bright House and Time Warner Cable. And earlier this year, Frontier Communications said it was buying the regional Internet and cable TV assets of Verizon FIOS, including Verizon’s Florida business.

Google Fiber suffered an outage in Kansas City on Tuesday night during the World Series game between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Google apologized but didn’t provide a reason for the outage, which may not have affected all customers.