Thursday, March 16, 2017

Google Fiber Was Doomed From the Start

I like how everyone is coming out of the woodwork to claim Google Fiber was "doomed" from the beginning, yet none of them said that back when it was first announced.

Look, Google was never going to fix the nation’s high-capacity internet access problem. It’s a problem with several dimensions: In most major urban areas, local cable monopolies dominate completely, selling high-priced, second-rate data services that are inextricably bundled with pay TV packages and unthreatened by competition. In rural areas, former telco monopolies are doing their best to transform themselves into wireless media distribution platforms, cutting off millions of Americans from the modern world by relegating them to third- or fourth-rate unreliable data services.