Google Will Test New High-Speed Broadband in Reston

by Karen Goff August 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm 16 Comments

Google at RTCReston is among 12 test markets nationwide selected by Google to test its new high-speed wireless broadband.

Google recently filed with the FCC to test a new product, Google Fiber, in the locations for a period of two years.

Reston will join California locales Atwater, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Francisco and San Jose, as well as Boulder, Colo., Kansas City, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Raleigh, NC and Provo, Utah, the filing said.

The company chose those cities for their “radio propagation environment, buildings and foliage to test interference, pre-existing Google infrastructure and “existence of partners who may participate in the tests,” according to the filing and reported by Engadget.

Says Engadget:

In telecommunications development, one of the biggest bottlenecks is often the “last mile,” or the piece of a network required to deliver service to a consumer or business. In fiber optic deployments, like Google Fiber, that often involves laying additional cables to connect homes or offices to the network.

Google Fiber is likely to cause competitors like Verizon and Comcast to up their game, tech analysts say.

Google notes in the filing that these tests won’t involve the average user. Only Google employees, contractors and “trusted testers” under close supervision will get to try out the wireless fiber.

Read more about the high-speed fiber in this San Jose Mercury News story.

  • Karen Goff

    Associated press style. Big cities don’t need states with them.

    • eh

      Duly noted. Now what about the fact that there are two Kansas City’s?

      • Guest

        Let’s not be silly about this. Kansas City, KS is nothing but stockyards and highways

        • eh

          Just having fun, relax. Besides, a city of 150,000 isn’t “nothing but stockyards and highways”.

      • Cindy

        How about the fact that, in every style, 2 Kansas Cities (plural) does not have an apostrophe. IMO, when you own and edit Reston Now, then you can decide which style guide gets used.

        • eh

          Turns out we’re both wrong. The proper way to say it is “two Kansas Citys”. I was right that you don’t ever change the spelling of a proper noun, but just threw an apostrophe in there because “Citys” just looks so, so weird.

        • Why do you bother?

          HEY – pedantically pointing out grammatical errors is MY job!

    • ClarendonBros

      AP style is for another age. If the reader has to work to guess or assume what a reporter means, then there’s a problem. Missouri should be included.

      • Karen Goff

        Fine i will add it back in if you need it.

        • Fred hgggg

          Please do. I’d hardly consider Reston VA to be a major city. Population of 60k is tiny

      • Why do you bother?

        “AP style is for another age. ” Would that it were so. Unfortunately, it is the news-writing standard, and has become more prevalent, not less. I consider AP a guide for how NOT to write. But I am pissing in the wind.

    • Chicago style

      I thought they closed that bldg

      Dead buildings don’t need standards

  • vdiv

    Doc sez to eat more fiber… Wait, fiber or wireless?

  • 30yearsinreston

    VZ& Comcast need such me competition
    Their gouging has gone far enough

  • Chuck Morningwood

    How big does Google need to get before they get the “Ma Bell” treatment from US DoJ?

  • JoeInReston

    The second to last paragraph deflates the excitement:

    “Google notes in the filing that these tests won’t involve the average user. Only Google employees, contractors and “trusted testers” under close supervision will get to try out the wireless fiber”.

    Sounds like the ‘average user’ in Reston won’t have any new broadband options in the near to intermediate future.


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