Google announces its own experimental fiber network

Neowin: Google announced on Wednesday that it plans to create and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States.

The network connections will deliver Internet speeds of 1 gigabit per second with fiber direct to the home connections. Google says it plans to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. In a company blog posting Google outlined their vision:

  • Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it’s creating new bandwidth-intensive “killer apps” and services, or other uses we can’t yet imagine.
  • New deployment techniques: We’ll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we’ll share key lessons learned with the world.
  • Openness and choice: We’ll operate an “open access” network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we’ll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.
  • Google says the projects aim is to experiment and learn but if it is successful then the company could look at rolling this out further. Google has put out a request for information and is encouraging governments and communities to nominate themselves for the trial. Google said it will announce their target communities later this year.

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