Google announces its own experimental fiber network

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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I don't understand all the fuss... that's only like 400 times faster than my 2.5Mb/s connection! :P

NathanMillson said,
Bring this to Australia and I'll be happy. Otherwise Google, don't bother.

errr, the Australian Government intends to spend up to $43 billion to do basically that

hornetfighter said,

errr, the Australian Government intends to spend up to $43 billion to do basically that

were dieing with internet.

were getting censor internet.!

This should give the telco's and cable companies a good swift kick in the ***. And Verizon is going to have prove what it is claiming in response to this in the AP article.

CyberWolf said,
I put in for it in my city.

Unless you are a suburb of a major city in the United States it probably won't happen.

SpecialK. said,

Unless you are a suburb of a major city in the United States it probably won't happen.

Would mine count? Jacksonville. :P
Our choices of internet SUCK here. Its either Comcast (what I have now) or AT&T. Comcast just sucks and doesn't really need an explanation why it sucks, and DSL will be DSL. Hell, Verizon hasn't even made a move on our city yet.

1Gbts would be killer.

1Gbps... Damn! We had the first 25Mbit+ line launched in Belgium just monday (100Mbit D/5Mbit U) and Google is thinking about 1Gbps...

Should you ever manage to find a server (and a harddisk) that can handle it, that would mean downloading a Full HD movie of about 12 gigs in 2 minutes!

Ambroos said,
1Gbps... Damn! We had the first 25Mbit+ line launched in Belgium just monday (100Mbit D/5Mbit U) and Google is thinking about 1Gbps...

Should you ever manage to find a server (and a harddisk) that can handle it, that would mean downloading a Full HD movie of about 12 gigs in 2 minutes!

A decent hard drive can handle it. It'd be **** easy for a SSD as well.

Damn, it seems like every week Google has some new project going on. It's pretty cool though, I wouldn't mind testing that connection out.

If this works out, I'm guessing the next logical step would be Google TV and home phone services. This could be a very good thing if they provide competition in areas that currently only have one option.,

This great news ATT, Comcast and Coxs needs some more competition to lower there rates and increase there internet speed.

Tekkerson said,
He's probably concerned about google stealing all his data at 1gbps :p

and you ending you ending up with 1mbps

Tekkerson said,
He's probably concerned about google stealing all his data at 1gbps :p

LoL! Seriously though, if Google ever comes to the caribbean I'm applying for a job with them.

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:D It looks like they weren't joking after all!

Tekkerson said,
I'm sorry but I'm going to have to spam this for all to see.

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:D It looks like they weren't joking after all!


lmao I totally forgot about that, makes perfect sense!

Tekkerson said,
I'm sorry but I'm going to have to spam this for all to see.

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:D It looks like they weren't joking after all!

LMAO. That is hilarious. "Want Wifi around. Just flush it down."

I put in for where i work. I work for a library thats in a poor area. Would be a great help. I also gave the link to the town supervisior so he can give google the info needed.

This is a good idea.

Also the fact that we are by New York city and have access to the major level one tier providers networks.

Hmm, I recall there were rumors of this even years ago, where Google had been caught purchasing a lot of fiber. Let's see what happens next then. :p

Pixil Eyes said,
Google is at the point where they are thinking "If you want it done right do it your self."

and they have the cash to do it

Pixil Eyes said,
Google is at the point where they are thinking "If you want it done right do it your self."

My thoughts exactly... they've certainly been bringing out a lot of new stuff recently... Good for them!

Pixil Eyes said,
Google is at the point where they are thinking "If you want it done right do it your self."

+1000000, couldn't have said it better myself. Very exciting!