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Friday, August 26...

Google Fiber Goes Live in Salt Lake City
Google has officially flipped the switch on its 1Gbps fiber network in Salt Lake City, Utah. The company revealed, in a Google+ post, that residents and small businesses can now begin signing up for the service. This first phase of Google's rollout includes approximately 112 blocks from 100 South to 800 South between 400 West and 1300 East, according to a report from The Salt Lake Tribune. Potential customers can check to see if their neighborhood is within this initial rollout by visiting a new Web page Google has created for the purpose. Those not lucky enough to be included in this first phase shouldn't have too long to wait, as Google has promised that it will bring its fiber services to additional neighborhoods in the coming months. Broadband packages for Salt Lake City customers will start at $70 per month, with a discounted 100Mbps option also being made available. Home phone service can also be added for an additional $10 per month.

Fierce Wireless: Verizon Adds Support for VoLTE to Prepaid Subs
Verizon Wireless has quietly launched support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for its prepaid customers, Fierce Wireless reported. The expanded support for VoLTE, which has been available to the company's postpaid subscribers for some time, makes it possible for prepaid users to make "HD Voice" calls over the carrier's network. These calls feature higher audio fidelity, less line noise, and generally improved performance. While the new feature is available to all Verizon prepaid subscribers at no additional charge, they will be required to visit their My Verizon portal in order to activate the added benefit. It should be noted that both parties, the caller and the recipient, need to have a stable LTE connection, as well as devices which support VoLTE calling for HD Voice to be enabled during a call.

Level 3 Brings 2 New Fiber Sub-Loops Online in NY
Level 3 announced the completion of a pair of network expansions to its hardware in the state of New York. The completed work opens two new fiber sub-loops within the company's Westchester networking sites. According to the company, this will provide "enterprise customers with access to Level 3's global product portfolio, additional business continuity disaster recovery (BCDR) services as well as fiber path diversity." These loops join existing routes running between Tarrytown and Hawthorne, as well as a 5-mile sub-loop through Purchase. The new hardware is capable of speeds up to 100G, and can support Level 3's full service portfolio, including SIP, security, cloud, and Hybrid WAN.

... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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