Originally Posted by wco81
You get Google Fiber in Oakland?
For the last several years we have lived part time in a 45 unit condo building on the edge of downtown Oakland. We were approached by a company named Webpass, about three or four years ago, to provide high-speed Internet to the building. I am not clear on the technology, but they put a small antenna on the roof, run a cable to the basement telephone board that feeds all the units, and the Internet signal runs on one of the three pairs of phone wires that goes to each unit. They service some number of buildings in both San Francisco and Oakland. They are also in a few other cities like San Diego and Boston.
A couple of years ago, Google bought them out! They only seem the service buildings that have more than 10 units.
When we were first approached, we had two offers. One was, they would install the antenna at no charge and simply provide service to any owner that wanted to pay $60 a month or $500 a year. The other offer was that HOA would pay a $4000 install fee for the antenna and would pay $25 a month fee for each unit and provide signal to each unit. We obviously decided to take the second alternative! So, included in everyone's HOA dues is the $25 charge for internet.
There is no modem needed. They just installed an ethernet plug next to the phone jack. Most people would then simply plug their router into the ethernet jack.
Their basic service is 100Mbps up/down. The Ping numbers usually register 2 or 3ms - although on occasion I've gotten a Speedtest rating of ONE ms!
You can get even faster speed by paying them some extra amount of money. They would use another pair of the phone wires. Anyway, I think there are only two or three people in the building that have landline phones. They are mostly in their 20s and 30s. The services been rock solid.
Their home office is in San Francisco.