Memorandum

To: Professor Soria
From: Vince Greeney
Date: October 11, 2016
Subject: Google Fiber Feasibility Proposal
Purpose
The purpose of this memo is to request permission to perform a study to determine if it is
feasible to bring Google Fiber to the Twin Cities. Once I have received approval, I will conduct
research and produce a feasibility report by November 27th, 2016.
Summary
The businesses and homes of the Twin Cities are facing a problem similar to others in the United
States. An Internet provider with poor customer service, unfair monthly price, outdated
technology, and not enough speed. Professional businesses in other markets cannot have these
problems going and survive (Yi ,2016). Internet companies can survive because they have much
less competition. The Twin Cities only has Xfinity and CenturyLink for at home internet service
and only CenturyLink provides internet for businesses of any size.
I propose to research
1) What needs to happen to bring Google Fiber to Minnesota
2) What are the benefits to Google Fiber Cities
3) What problems Google Fiber faces as it moves into new cities
4) How to go about convincing the community this could positively impact all of us
My objective is to determine if the Twin Cities should be interested and if it is practical to ever
see Google Fiber. My feasibility report and recommendation will be completed by November
27th, 2016.
Introduction
In Minneapolis, the average internet speed is 10 megabytes per second (Mbps) and a price of
46.98$ (Minnesota, 2016). This does not include a fee for renting a modem, which could be
another 10$. Also 10Mbps is slow internet when it is compared to cities in other countries (Yi,
2016). When told an internet speed only 70%-80% is a download speed whale 30% or less will
be the actual upload speed of the internet. Keep in mind every neighborhood shares the same
bandwidth of internet which means if everyone is on the internet at the same time, slower speeds
will be experienced also known as peak hours (Miller, 2014). We have all experienced peak
hours at its worst with other consistency issues with our internet providers. The Federal
Communication Commission has lobbied for a national minimum internet speed of 10Mbps. A
movement shot down by big name internet providers like AT&T, Xfinity, and Verizon (Miller,
2014). Unless they are in a town with Google Fiber, the big name internet companies have a low
minimum of internet speed at 4Mbps.
Google Fiber forces other internet companies to change policies or go out of business because of
their plans, their prices and their internet speeds do not compare. As of now Google Fiber has an
excellent plan for everyone. The home not in need of much internet can receive free 5Mbps

internet for 7 seven years only have to pay a 300$ fee. The option most people receive is the 70$
a month for 1000 Mbps speed (Google Fiber, 2016). With Google Fiber there will not be a price
hike after a certain number of months, and no monthly fee for a modem rental even though you
can borrow up to three modems (Thompson, 2015). At 1000 Mbps the same still applies to
download and upload speeds but it will not be noticeable. Google Fiber in the worst of peak
hours would still be faster than the current provider’s plans.
Proposed Procedure
The following section will include the preliminary research I have completed and also my
proposed research. This section will contain the schedule, my experience, and the references
cited.
Completed Research
My current research consists of the following
 I have identified different plans and prices from the internet providers here.
 I have read about what Google Fiber does for homes.
 I have taught myself different terms and statistics of broadband internet.
Future Research
The following is research I will conduct
 The benefits of Google Fiber cities.
 The laws that restrict internet companies from starting.
 The support I would get moving forward with bringing Google Fiber.
 The businesses and local economy may be impacted by Google Fiber.
Criteria
I will make recommendations based on the following criteria.


Would Google Fiber be worth the time and effort?
Are faster internet speeds important to the community?
Is Google Fiber really going to impact the economy of the Twin Cities?

Qualifications and Experience
I have been a student at Hamline University for three years. I have worked for businesses that
came across internet problems weekly. I have been a customer for Xfinity, CenturyLink, and
other internet providers outside of the Twin Cities. I have also taken computer science courses in
college.
Completion Schedule
Feasibility Survey October 23
Feasibility Team Report #2 October 23
Progress Report October 30

Graphics Assignment November 6
Feasibility Team Report #3 November 6
Feasibility Rough Draft November 13
Final Feasibility Report November 27
Feasibility Presentation November 27
References
Google Fiber. (2016) Retrieved from
https://fiber.google.com/about/
Home & Business Internet, Phone, and TV. (2016) Retrieved from
http://www.centurylink.com/
Jon Brodkin. (Oct. 9, 2014) Ars Technica. Retrieved from
http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/09/att-and-verizon-say-10mbps-is-too-fast-forbroadband-4mbps-is-enough/
Hannah, Yi. (April 5, 2016). This is how internet speed and price in the U.S. compares to the
rest of the world. Retrieved from
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/internet-u-s-compare-globally-hint-slowerexpensive/
Miller, C. (Oct. 30, 2014). In the Slow Lane - Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed
and Affordability. Retrieved from

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/31/upshot/why-the-us-has-fallen-behind-in-internetspeed-and-affordability.html?_r=0
Minnesota. Prices Updated Sep 2016 (Sep, 2016). Retrieved from
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Saint-Paul
Thompson, Tyler. (Feb 1, 2015). Review: is Google Fiber worth the hype?. Retrieved from
https://www.pcmech.com/wpcontent/cache/page_enhanced/www.pcmech.com//article/go
ogle-fiber-worth-hype//_index.html_gzip
Yi, Hannah. (April 5, 2016). This is how internet speed and price in the U.S. compares to the
rest of the world. Retrieved from
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/internet-u-s-compare-globally-hint-slowerexpensive/