Building fiber internet is an infrastructure headache — expensive, time-consuming — and so San Francisco web devotees continue to pine for the fast stuff with no clear delivery date in sight. But one provider is getting a bit of a speed boost.
It was in March that Supervisor Farrell called for the city's budget analyst to determine how expensive and feasible a municipal fiber-optic cable network might be, and that would certainly be a very good option. However, now with a new company — Webpass, a gigabit broadband provider — under its umbrella, Google Fiber, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc., seems a likelier bet.
Google Fiber announced in February that it would be coming to San Francisco, at least in part, serving those limited areas where existing city fiber connections exist. Now the company has grown that network with a little acquisition play. Consumerist writes that Webpass is already based in San Francisco (it's 13 years old), and it's offerings and baseline infrastructure in fiberoptic service are here, in Oakland, and in San Diego, where Google has also indicated it would like to expand. Mostly Webpass has served businesses, and it does have smaller markets in Boston, Chicago, and Miami.
"By joining forces, we can accelerate the deployment of superfast internet connections for customers across the US," Webpass President Charles Barr wrote to the company's blog. "Webpass will remain focused on rapid deployment of high-speed internet connections for residential and commercial buildings, primarily using point-to-point wireless."
The deal with Webpass is for an undisclosed sum and will likely close this summer following regulatory approval, CNet estimates.