Jackson County CASA just moved to Google Fiber and Avid’s Gigabit Complete service. They consolidated two connections to one, increasing bandwidth by 100 times (not a typo!) and lowering their monthly bill by about 20%.
Avid had fought on CASA’s behalf for years to get adequate bandwidth at a reasonable price. Because of CASA’s location, fixed wireless service was never an option. When the T-1 ran out of gas a couple of years ago, we added the wide-band coax connection and tried to use that for voice traffic. But it never ran clean enough, and so the T-1–and its expense–stayed.
Google Fiber has eliminated that need. We’re running both voice and data over the connection. This was one of our earliest Google Fiber turn-ups, and it took about 10 minutes of time on site. We used Avid’s gigabit router and firewall instead of the Google box. At turn-up the VPN remote access didn’t work, and the executive director called in from a trip to complain. Five minutes later, this was resolved.
If all Google Fiber turn-ups go this smoothly, life will be good!