Sonic.net Selected by Google to Operate Stanford Fiber Network

December 13, 2010 – 12:01 am

SANTA ROSA, CA – December 13th, 2010

Sonic.net today announced it has been selected to operate and support the trial fiber-to-the-home network Google is building at Stanford University. This experimental project will test new fiber construction and operation methods, while delivering full gigabit speeds to approximately 850 faculty and staff owned homes on campus.

Sonic.net will manage operation of the network, provide customer service and support and perform on-site installation and repair. Sonic.net is Northern California’s leading independent Internet service provider.

The Stanford trial network is completely separate from the community selection process for Google’s Fiber for Communities project, which is still ongoing. Google’s ultimate goal is to build a fiber-to-the-home network that reaches at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, and it plans to announce its selected community or communities by the end of the year.

Sonic.net currently operates California’s largest open Internet access network, offering services today primarily via next-generation copper. The Santa Rosa-based company previously announced its own plans to deliver a fiber-to-the-home network in Sebastopol, Calif., and looks forward to working with Google on the innovative gigabit network being planned for the Stanford community. Sonic.net’s open network provides services to seventy other Internet service providers delivering broadband services across a thirteen state territory.

Construction of the Stanford fiber network will begin in early 2011.

“Sonic.net is an innovative ISP that brings top notch experience to the Google Fiber for Communities project,” said James Kelly, Google Fiber for Communities product manager. “Their open access experience and well regarded customer service team will play a key role as we kick off our beta network at Stanford.”

We are very excited to have the opportunity to work with Google on this project,” said Dane Jasper, CEO & Co-Founder of Sonic.net. “It’s a great fit for our existing capabilities, and will help us develop new skills as we move our own network toward fiber.

About Sonic.net Inc.

Sonic.net, founded in 1994, provides broadband access to consumers and wholesale partners in a thirteen state region. Sonic.net’s leading product is “Fusion”, which combines unlimited broadband and unlimited local and long distance home telephone service. Sonic.net adopted a European pricing model for “Fusion,” forgoing the common practice of limiting a customer’s Internet speed based on pricing tiers. For $39.95, every Fusion customer gets the maximum Internet speed possible at their location — up to 20Mbps — plus a traditional phone line with unlimited U.S. calling. For more information, visit www.sonic.net.

About Google Inc.

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.

Contacts:

Dane Jasper
Sonic.net
dane@corp.sonic.net

Dan Martin
Google
danmartin@google.com

  • http://www.aigeanta.net/ Suzanne

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.ccsgraphic.com CC

    This must be really sweet for you guys. :-)

  • kmcg

    Dane and Scott et. al.–WAY TO GO! I’m so happy for you guys. This couldn’t happen to a better ISP!

  • http://ThinkBigTopeka.com Brandon Sheley

    Great news, thanks for the update!

  • http://twitter.com/lamapper lamapper

    What a relief to read that only this test site, Stanford, Ca, will be FTTP and that the five cities Google selects will be Full Fiber To The Home (FTTH) instillations. At least one media outlet was implying FTTP and not FTTH across the board.

    Congrats to Sonic!

    Synchronous FTTH found HERE: http://sn.im/1axal4

    Thank you Google for restoring HOPE and offering a bright future to Americans as any true American company SHOULD!

    A friend of mine put together that map showing the less than 30 communities where a residential customer can get synchronous FTTH today. When Google builds out their five communities, there will be just over 30 communities in the USA offering synchronous FTTH. Its a long overdue start! I admit that a few of us want to to see which five cities Google picks before moving.

    FTTH is #1 on our list of places we want to live! Also #1 on our used/new home buyers list above crime, schools, shopping, and anything else. Communities offering User Owned Fiber (UOF) as Utopia does in the 16+ communities in Utah are real high on our list. Talk about helping your real estate to appreciate in value faster, well worth the cost to have!

    We also expect jobs to be created thanks to these FTTH communties, something Americans sorely need right now. I hope someone is tracking that reality!

    You FTTH communities are the REAL AMERICAN heroes!!!!

    Thank you all!

  • http://LookIt.proper.com Paul Hoffman

    Big congrats! Next up: fiber (or even next-gen copper) near UCSC. We’re hurting down here.

  • http://www.sonic.net/ Dane Jasper

    lamapper,

    FTTP is “Fiber To The Premise” a generic way of saying FTTx, where X is Home, Business, Cell tower, etc. FTTP is what you want, in other words, and if it’s a home, we’d call that FTTH. Most networks are a mixture of homes and businesses, so it gets awkward to say FTTH for some spots and FTTB for others, so we say FTTP.

    You are thinking of FTTC, or “Fiber To The Curb”, or FTTN, “Fiber To The Node”, both of which basically mean that the fiber only reaches a street cabinet, which might be 1/2 a mile from your home/business, and from that point onward it’s copper technology (typically VDSL2.) FTTC is not “fiber to the home”, any more so than a fiber fed remote terminal a mile away with ADSL1 ten years ago was.

    -Dane

  • Mark Gangl

    I’ve been a Sonic client (subscriber) for years… I eagerly await optical fiber to home. I fear ComCast; AT&T; and Microsoft; control of technologies and the internet. The Google deal is good news but Google is close to Microsoft; At&T, ComCast and Apple in terms of Control and power over the internet as it exists today. You have flirted with disaster and not only survived but flourished. The dream of an open pipe will always be challenged by bandwidth and censorship considerations. Sonic for years has been the best ISP in the heart of 21st century technology. I have no doubt that’s why Google needed to partner with you. Please don’t be co-opted by Google, but use this deal to remind one of the major players that the people need to be the main concern and not profits. When the people are the focus, the profits come.

    Thank you for your service and your vision. You are the best.

    M. H. Gangl;
    a loyal customer and supporter

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  • Jeff

    Makes me feel all warm inside that a local company is working together with Google.

  • Matt

    I’m so happy for you guys that Sonic.net is getting bigger and better every year! I’m even more excited now since the website says that Fusion is available here (and att uverse as well… not that I’m getting it haha. which means its actually true?!? :)

    Looking forward to calling tomorrow about Fusion. Huge props that a company like Google would pick you guys to partner up and start off the next generation of internet service!

  • John Vallelunga

    I saw this news blip today:

    Google Inc. has hired networking expert Milo Medin, a well-known Silicon Valley engineer widely credited with helping promote early systems that evolved into the modern Internet, to help build the company’s experimental fiber network.

    Does this mean you will be working directly with him?

    As an aside, the PD on Monday only printed about 1% of what I told them. They left out all the great reasons to choose Sonic. Sorry.

  • Jeff Chan

    Congratulations to Sonic.net and Google! Google could not have chosen a better partner.

  • Oakland Musician

    Sonic Rules

  • Griffin B.

    W.I.N.!

  • Kerry Beck

    Will this service will extend to the Sebastopol area near Graton? I love Sonic, but our service here is agonizingly slow and has been for quite some time. And we seem to be left out of many of the advances in technology that Sonic announces (especially sad for me was the absence of Fusion out here).

    Please consider your few, but loyal Graton-area people in your big plans.

    Thanks and continued success to the home team, Sonic!

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  • Mark Showalter

    Dane, which will be used in the Stanford Google Fiber trial?  

  • Anonymous

    I am out of the office until Thursday, September 2nd.

    In my absence, please contact the following staff for assistance:

    Support and Customer Service, Eli Caul, eli.caul@corp.sonic.net Accounting: Nicki Schneider, nicki@corp.sonic.net
    Enterprise Sales: Mark Loher, mloher@corp.sonic.net
    Systems administration: Kelsey Cummings, kgc@corp.sonic.net
    Network admin and telco/carrier: Nathan Patrick, npatrick@corp.sonic.net HR and General administration, Jen Codarre, jen@corp.sonic.net

    Everyone can also be reached at 707-522-1000.

    Thank you!


    Dane Jasper Sonic.net, Inc.
    (707)522-1000 http://www.sonic.net/
    mailto:dane@corp.sonic.net

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