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VOL. 38 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 07, 2014

Businesses might have long wait for Google's 100x speed

By Hollie Deese

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Can’t wait to get Google Fiber for your business? You’re probably at the back of the line. Even if Google does bring its service here, its first priority is residential customers.

“They want to get it in and bug it out and make it stable,” says Eddie Hooper, director of carrier services for Resource Communication Group in Franklin.

“This is a new network with new infrastructure. At some point in time would they hit businesses? I hope so. It is just like consumer electronics. They throw a new laptop out to us consumers to work out all the bugs before they offer it to a business. And that’s why it’s cheaper.”

Google will also want to determine which parts of town are the prime areas with the right demographic density to begin the build out, which could be why Google has a tool on its website for consumers to check their address to see if it is available in their area.

“The reason why they have chosen Nashville is because Nashville has a really great demographic for technology,” Hooper adds. “It is a competitive market and the people here are fairly educated, and they rely on Internet services for whatever – working from home or young students streaming media.”