Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently made remarks praising Google?s efforts to build a network that would provide accessible and faster internet connection. Wheeler is referring to the Google Fiber project launched by Google that aims to provide ultrafast broadband internet and television to a wide range of locations in the United States.
These remarks by the FCC Chairman are slated to be disclosed in an impending House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing but have been published beforehand. In his prepared statement, Wheeler expressed his view that the private sector should play the primary role in bringing broadband networks to all Americans. He also noted that Google?s Fiber project might actually have a better blueprint than their own in implementing a fiber-optic network that would make broadband speed faster and more predictable. He said the FCC could benefit from taking inspiration from Google and will review their own rules and reduce red tape as much as possible.
The FCC has recently been entangled in a controversy involving a new Communications Act proposal that will subject broadband companies to tighter regulations. Many net neutrality advocates see this as a move by the government to control and micromanage the internet and other network communication platforms. As such, advocates believe, healthy competition among network providers will be hindered and technological innovations will suffer. What irked many people is that Wheeler said he will consider such proposal.
Google Fiber is already being rolled out in three cities in the US, namely Provo (Utah), Austin (Texas), and Kansas City. The tech company plans to expand this program to 34 other locations across the United States. Google Fiber is currently offering three options. One is a free broadband internet bundle that could reach up to 5 MB per second of download speed but with no storage support. The other is a 1-GB/sec internet option with 1 TB worth of Google Drive storage. The third option is the same with the second option but includes a television service with 2 TB of DVR storage and a Nexus 7 tablet. All three options come with a Network Box.
The FCC expressed their agreement with Google?s approach and drive to implement ?community broadband? wherein local entities are encouraged to work together to reach the goal of providing easier internet access. The commission reiterated, in a meeting with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, their intention of preempting any state law that will obstruct competition.
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