Municipalities continue to embarrass themselves for Google Fiber

July 13, 2010: 4:33 PM ET

The point, I hope, is that Google wants to shame the cable and phone companies into providing faster Internet service.

Google today released a progress report on their Google Fiber for Communities project.

Conclusion: People want cheap Gigabit Fiber to the home really, really badly.

So much, in fact, they are willing to do just about anything:

Google's (GOOG) motivations are simple: Faster Internet equates to more time online and more Google advertising.

I'll admit it.  I'd do something stupid to get reasonably priced Gigabit Fiber in my home. But I know, especially after watching this video, that it wouldn't be freaky enough to 'win.'

Hopefully the cable companies and telcos are watching and see what kind of demand is out there for reasonably-priced high speed fiber.

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Seth Weintraub
Seth Weintraub

Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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