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- One message came through loud and clear: people across the country are hungry for better and faster broadband access.
- We set up this site to thank you for your enthusiasm, to share our experiences as we move forward with our project, and to provide additional resources for anyone interested in ultra high-speed Internet access.
- What is Google planning to build?
- Google is planning to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We'll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
- Why is Google doing this?
- Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone.
- Why would consumers need 1 Gbps connections?
- In the same way that the transition from dial-up to broadband made possible the emergence of online video and countless other applications, ultra high-speed bandwidth will drive more innovation – in high-definition video, remote data storage, real-time multimedia collaboration, and others that we cannot yet imagine. It will enable new consumer applications, as well as medical, educational, and other services that can benefit communities. If the Internet has taught us anything, it's that the most important innovations are often those we least expect.
- Is there going to be a wireless component to this network?
- Our focus is on developing a fiber-to-the-home network and we have no plans to include a wireless component at this stage. In general, we think wireless and wireline services are complementary, because wireless networks offer a nice degree of flexibility, while wireline networks can currently reach greater speeds.
- Does Google plan to offer Internet service?
- Yes, as part of the planned trial, Google will offer competitively priced, ultra high-speed Internet access service to residents of the chosen communities. In addition, we will allow third-parties to offer their own Internet access services, or other data services, on our open network.
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gigaom.com | Google Begins Using Its Planned Fiber Network to Flog ISPs |
In short, Google is trying to create a community-action network around better broadband, starting with the more than 200,000 people who have already weighed in hoping to get fatter pipes.
When Google announced its plans to build an experimental 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home network in February, I wrote that the search engine wasn’t just looking for new web applications, but also for information that it could disseminate in order to show people and governments what a modern broadband network should cost– possibly lighting a fire under ISPs who are reluctant to upgrade their networks. Its new site gives people and municipalities a match to help with that fire, by encouraging citizens to email their representative in Congress and by providing a list of helpful suggestions municipalities can implement to ensure that fiber-ready conduit is put in place during road construction.
ZDNet UK | Google Fiber for Communities website goes live | By Ben Woods, 14 July, 2010
Google has announced on its blog that the website for its Fiber for Communities project is now live, bringing the ambitious high-speed internet project one step closer to reality.
Focused on the US, the project hopes that it will be able to provide between 50,000 and 500,000 homes with the high-speed connection; the exact location of which community or communities will play host to the project has not yet been decided, but the company says that it will announce the chosen community by the end of 2010.
A company spokesperson told ZDNet UK that there are currently no plans to extend the project "beyond a small number of communities in the US".
In order to achieve its goals, the freshly launched Google Fiber for Communities website urges those involved to write letters of support to Congress relating to pending legislation that would require the installation of a fibre cable conduit in federally funded transportation projects.
Similarly, Google has also sketched out suggestions for city-sponsored road works that it says would help expedite works towards high-speed internet connections, which include each city creating a conduit plan as road works are carried out.
A Google spokesperson said that it is pursuing the scheme to "experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone".
In offering the services to consumers and resellers, "Google will offer competitively priced, ultra high-speed Internet access service to residents of the chosen communities. In addition, we will allow third-parties to offer their own Internet access services, or other data services, on our open network," said a statement on its website, adding that it's too early to tell exactly how much it will cost.
During the original proposal Google asked local governments interested in the scheme to respond to a request for information, which would then help the company decide where to deploy first. Google says in a post on its blog that it received nearly 1100 government responses and 194,000 individual responses before the deadline passed.
techworld.com | Majority of US states request Google broadband fibre network
Google promises 1Gbps for up to half a million
Communities in every US state but three, Delaware, Florida and South Dakota, have applied to become test markets for Google's planned high speed broadband network. Approximately 1,100 communities and 194,000 individuals responded to Google's request for information about communities interested in getting the network, Google said on a new website about the program.
The company launched the site this week and said it is designed to thank people for their enthusiasm and share information about the project. The site lists every county in each state and US territory that applied to become test markets.
In February, Google announced plans to build what it calls an "ultra high speed" fibre network in one or more trial locations. It plans to deliver 1 gigabit-per-second fibre connections to 50,000 to 500,000 people. End users will pay a "competitive price" for the access, Google says. The company plans to choose where to build the network by the end of this year. (...)