Google is creating free media coverage for themselves while drawing attention to the ignored competitive problems in the country's broadband market.
Google Fiber Teases 34 More Cities With Actual, Honest-To-Goodness Broadband Competition
February 27, 2014

Via Techdirt:

One of the interesting things about Google Fiber is that it isn't just people getting shiny new 1 Gbps connections for $70: it's a network data collection exercise, a marketing experiment, a testbed for new services and ads -- but first and foremost it's a massive public relations fire under the posteriors of the nation's all-too-comfortable, government-pampered, uncompetitive broadband ISPs. Google Fiber isn't really even available to all that many people (a few thousand, probably), yet its impact on the national discourse has been massive. Also impressive has been the sheer volume of free m...

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