Hell yes, bring on the vroooommmm.
Updated: Google’s (s goog) plan to get people to sign up in advance for its gigabit fiber-to-the-home project has managed to score the search giant a whopping 21,000 people who paid $10 to pre-register for the fiber service. That’s roughly 10 percent of the 161,600 homes in Google’s 202 so-called fiberhoods (Google says there’s an average of 800 people per fiberhood) — and a fairly significant level of commitment to the product.
But will it be enough to be profitable? Dave Burstein, a telecoms reporter and analyst, estimates that it would need a take rate of between 20 and 30 percent to be profitable.
There are still two days left for residents to sign up for the service — the deadline is midnight on Sunday, and Google will then determine which areas get fiber first, based in part on the number and density of signups. I made my count…
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