Incumbent communications service providers (CSPs) were immediately put on guard when Google announced it was going to build its own gigabit network and experiment with providing services. It looks like Google is going to invite everyone to its party.
“We are definitely inviting the Comcasts, the AT&T service providers to work with us on our network and to provide their service offering on top of our pipe – we’re definitely planning on doing that,” said Minnie Ingersoll, Google’s product manager and co-lead for alternative access, as quoted by Broaband Breakfast.
Ingersoll went on to say, “Our general attitude has been that there’s plenty of room for innovation right now in the broadband space, and it’s great what the cable companies are doing, upgrading to DOCSIS 3.0, but no one company has a monopoly on innovation.
“We’re looking for other service providers to be able to come in and offer their service on top of our network so that residents have a choice when they open up their accounts,” she continued. “They get the connection from us, and then they have a choice as to who they subscribe to.”
Google has yet to choose the markets in which it will build its network. The company says more than 1,100 communities have applied.