Why Google Fiber is High-Speed Internet's Most Successful Failure
5 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2018
Date Written: September 7, 2018
Whether it was the intended strategy or not, Google Fiber, which has now "paused" new deployments, agitated incumbent providers, regulators, and investors to change their approach and policies on gig-speed Internet, initiating a "game of Gigs" that broke a stalemate in investments in next-generation networks. This article reviews the history and lessons learned, especially as they apply to 5G infrastructure deployments now taking place.
Keywords: Broadband, Investment, Regulation, 5G, Gigabit, Smart Cities, Fiber, Infrastructure
JEL Classification: D40, K23, L14, L22, L43, L51, L86, L96, O33
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