It appears that AT&T is watching the development of Google Fiber from its rearview mirror.
On Tuesday, August, 30th, AT&T’s Vice President of Federal Regulatory, Joan Marsh, posted a note on AT&T’s blog, Broadband Investment: Not for the Fain of Heart. Marsh makes a mockery out of Google by running down a timeline that begins in June of 2007 with a bid of $4.7B for an FCC auction for a 700 MHz block that Google pushed to have access to.
Marsh explains that not Google, but wireless companies such as themselves, and: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others were the ones to pay for the $4.7B auction while Google scattered back home to California without not one cent being spent.
Fast forward eight years later and AT&T is watching Google continue to make mistakes that is costing their deployment of Google Fiber, and causing the anticipation of millions of potential customers to build up without any possible solutions in sight. Google Fiber was just released for service in certain neighborhoods of Atlanta (Midtown East and Piedmont Heights) this past August, while AT&T’s gigabit serviced was launched this past April with a much larger release). Google has also recently announced because of the cost of deployment, under staffing and more, they have delayed rolling out Google Fiber in other targeted cities.
Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower is a new broadband service that gives users download and upload speeds 100 times faster than basic broadband service.