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Google Fiber will soon be coming to Arizona

April 15th, 2014

Google Fiber is Google’s “fiber-to-the premises” service, providing broadband Internet and television to a growing number of locations. Google Fiber will provide an Internet connection speed of one gigabit per second for both download and upload speeds which is roughly 100 times faster access than what most Americans have. In order to utilize the gigabit speeds, subscribers would require support for a 1000BaseT and category 5 or greater cabling or a 802.11ac compatible WiFi router and wireless adapter.


In February 2014, Google announced the areas they have invited to work with them to explore what it would take to implement Google Fiber. The nine metropolitan areas are: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Jose, as well as thirty-four other cities within these metro areas.


Each city listed above will need to ensure Google that they will be able to access each cities existing infrastructure. Google plans to use existing utility poles and conduits rather than put in new poles that would make the project more expensive. Their goal is to be as unintrusive on already heavy traffic areas, making for a smooth transition with very minimal disruption to its citizens.

Governor Jan Brewer said Google’s announcement that Phoenix was selected as a city to receive Google Fiber is a “further validation of our ongoing work to make Arizona the best state in the country for high tech companies to do business.” Google Fiber can only enhance the economy in Arizona hence new jobs and attracting new high tech businesses to Arizona.

fiber cableAs a full service general commercial contractor for telecommunications, electrical services, utility services and wireless communications, RP Companies has the expertise to handle the installation of Google Fiber in Arizona. Their reputation, service and value cannot be beat.

Contact RP Companies today at (602) 252-1635 for further information about how they can help accomplish your job on time and within budget.

Why is fiber optic cable the express highway of communication?

March 26th, 2014

Data has been sent via non-electronic means since the advent of communication using light, sound and movement. The first digital transmissions began with telegram in 1809, thus transmitting long distance communications of text or symbols, as opposed to verbal or audio messages. By 1906, the teletypewriter was invented which was used to send and receive typed messages from point to point. By 1940, computer modems were invented to decode transmissions and reproduce the original digital data. Then, by the end of the 1990s, broadband access techniques such as Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL), cable modems, fiber-to-the-Node (FTTN), fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP), and fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) have become wide speed to small offices and homes. Fiber optic networks are capable of over 100Gbps today, with 400Gbps and 1Tbps in labs testing around the world.

fiber-optic-cableFiber optic cable is cleaner, more reliable and with less degradation than traditional metal wiring over long distances. It also does not conduct heat and therefore lasts longer with minimal replacement time. In the long run, fiber optic cable is more efficient and less expensive.

The speed of fiber optic cable is pretty amazing, as well. The most recent study resulted in a connection of 109 terabytes over 100 miles of cable. This was accomplished by bundling 7 fiber optic cores in one wire, with each core transmitting at 15.6 terabytes.

In 2010, mobile data transfers in the US reached 1 exabyte or 1 billion gigabytes. In 2011, global data reached over 1.2 zettabytes or 1 billions terabytes. Predictions say that by 2020, data transfers will exceed 35 billion zettabytes.

In order to meet the growing demands for larger amounts of data and video that today’s internet users demand, the installation of fiber optic cable needs to become a huge priority and RP Companies can help.


fiber optic cableRP Companies is the leading utility contractor in Arizona that can provide all aspects of your telecommunications needs. They have the staff, equipment and experience to match your utility engineering and construction needs including network design, network evaluation and feasibility, consulting services,  trench less installation, multiple and single trenching, mainline and drop plowing, conduit installation, manhole placement, duct bank system placement and project management. RP Companies can also assist you with RUS grants and loans to ensure you are meeting all rules and regulations.

Contact RP Companies today to discuss your next telecommunication project.

2012 Reforms and Changes required by the USF/ICC Transformation Order

November 20th, 2013



High Cost Program

2012 implementing reforms and changes required by the USF/ICC Transformation Order, which overhauled universal service policies for rural and hard-to-serve areas. USAC successfully developed and deployed system functionality to address program changes, including freezing or capping various types of support and implementing new High Cost support mechanisms. This monumental transformation of the High Cost Program required USAC to secure the necessary resources to perform required system modifications, create new online forms to collect better data, educate internal and external stakeholders, and coordinate with USAC’s finance team to develop new disbursement and reporting processes. The FCC revamped carrier certification and reporting requirements, and USAC met all deadlines for implementing these changes. High Cost Program staff developed a rate floor certification form to collect data on carriers’ end-user rates to determine their support amounts if they did not meet a specified local rate floor. USAC procured a new cost model for price cap carrier support, working closely with FCC staff on the agreement to purchase the rights to the application for calculating this support. USAC deployed several versions of the proposed cost model in early 2013, giving carriers the ability to calculate costs using a variety of different inputs and assumptions. This data will allow the FCC to determine the final cost model and inputs in 2013 so that USAC will be able to calculate and disburse this support. Following the FCC’s Mobility Fund Phase I auction held this past September, USAC staff developed the new operations and systems needed to make support payments to authorized winning bidders starting in early 2013. The Mobility Fund provides dedicated funding for mobile voice and broadband services, with Phase I funds supporting swift deployment of networks for mobile broadband services in areas unserved by current generation mobile broadband, or 3G. High Cost Program staff made several presentations at industry events in 2012 to highlight the changes resulting from the FCC’s overhaul of the program. In addition, staff continued providing new information on USAC’s website and by emails and newsletters to stakeholders about program changes and processes.