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According to a new report from the Information, Alphabet CEO Larry Page recently passed down some strong recommendations to Google Fiber leader Craig Barratt: slash his staff numbers in half and drastically reduce installation costs. The report also notes that Barratt toyed with the idea of leaving the project altogether, supposedly due to shifts at Alphabet.
Why The Acquisition Of WebPass Could Be Significant For Google Fiber?
Recently, Alphabet Inc.’s subsidiary Google Fiber announced that would acquire Webpass, a 13 year-old company that focuses on providing high speed internet connections for residential and commercial buildings in the U.S., primarily using point-to-point wireless technology. This acquisition is in line with the company’s strategy to focus on new, cheaper wireless technology to beam high-speed internet to people’s homes. This acquisition gives Google Fiber access to a new wireless technology that aims to radically change the way internet is delivered. [forbes.com...]
Wires, fiber, chords, et al will eventually phase out from all appliances. It's just a costly burden to install, manage & maintain.
You don't understand how this stuff works.I do understand "how this stuff works" I have worked on it. You may have missed where I said "eventually."
FIBER, you are literally talking about the SPEED OF LIGHT.
New technologies will replace wires.
Wires aren't going anywhere, ever.Well, we'll see.
AFAIK they've stopped laying new cable.
I can tell you that my ISP Cox Communications changed their name a few years ago from Cox Cable to be more inclusive of new technology. They currently spend millions on wireless research, especially microwave connectivity and AFAIK they've stopped laying new cable. I think Turner is doing the same.
My office building, as well as the building I live in, have open WiFi as do many public areas of my city.
On a smaller scale, the iPhone 7 and the next release of Samsung mobile phone are both rumored to have lost the 3.5 wired headphone jack; the standard now wireless bluetooth.
not because wires aren't faster, its COST!
In dense urban areas, if you have to go digging up streets to put in wires, it's still way too expensive.
Now we are streaming 1080 to many devices in your houseMy cable company could only handle 1080 unless I paid for premium. Cancelled cable 2 years ago. I now stream 4k UHD (4096 x 2160) free over wifi.
You don't have to dig up streets to run new cable
But if everyone starts "settling" for less won't that make the web start to stagnate?
BTW - we don't have "poles" any longer in my city. Haven't seen those in many years.
I will *never* see high-speed wired technology. They can never pay off that infrastructure in a place like mine
So all I'm trying to say is that you are saying wired is "better" but you're only looking at maybe two metrics (speed and reliability). Those ARE important. Yes, you are right. But if you can get *adequate* (not better) speed and reliability out of wireless, then the other advantages start to accrue.