Just as it did several years ago when it rolled out to Kansas City residential customers, Google Fiber is enticing potential business customers by offering its fiber-to-the-premises services to select K.C. businesses. As FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley notes, however, this toe-dipping hardly guarantees a broad, aggressive rollout of the highly coveted Google Fiber service to the business market. Sean's complete report can be read here.
Google Fiber finally provided a further glimpse of hope that businesses will be able to get their 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service at least in the Kansas City area, but broader expansion is hardly a given.
Google Fiber has begun reaching out to local businesses in the Kansas City area to see if they would like to get a 1 Gbps service, reports the Kansas City Business Journal, citing a mailer about the new offer.
Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is looking at ways to make smaller, less-expensive satellites that can deliver Internet access across the globe, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter.
The worst may be over, but reports that a bug in Android 5.0, otherwise known as Lollipop, was draining batteries and pushed back the OS release date had developers unhappy on Twitter.
Google's Project Ara now has a competitor in the market for modular-designed smartphones: the Finnish startup called Vsenn.
Microsoft is going to let users create and edit Office content on iPhones, iPads, and soon Android tablets using Office apps without an Office 365 subscription. It's another example of Microsoft choosing to forgo some revenue in order to get its software on more devices.
Level 3 has enhanced its growing presence as an enabler of cloud services by adding Google's Cloud Platform, which enables developers and enterprises to build, test and deploy applications on Google's infrastructure, to its Cloud Connect Solutions ecosystem.
Google and LG Electronics struck a patent cross-licensing deal similar to one Google announced in January with LG's larger rival, Samsung Electronics. The Google/LG agreement is an indication that the companies are working closely together but they were vague on the long-term implications of the deal.
Google Fiber has equipped a Kansas City Starbucks coffee shop, located at the corner of 41 st and Main Street, with a direct fiber connection to provide patrons with in-store Wi-Fi Internet access.