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Google is looking for communities to participate in the experiment

Google started out as a search engine that was the new kid on the block fighting against the big firms like Yahoo for a piece of the market. As time went by, Google became the most popular search engine online in many countries including the U.S. and it runs the most successful advertising program online giving it an enormous amount of cash to spend on other projects.

Since the early days, Google has continually added to the things that it offers and does. It has moved from a search firm to being a software firm with offerings competing against Microsoft and more. With the unveiling of the Nexus One, Google started selling phones directly to customers. With Google Wave and Google Voice, the company stepped into the communications and collaboration markets as well starting the transformation into a telecommunications firm for the search giant.

Google has now announced its next big plan to add to its offerings and bring new services to its users. Google announced on its official blog a new experimental plan for a fiber network that will bring huge increases in internet speeds to the public.

Google outlines its vision for the fiber network in the blog post, "Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible."

Google is planning to build and test a new ultra-high speed fiber optic broadband network in a small number of trial locations across America. The network will be capable of delivering speeds over 100 times faster than most people in the country have access to today at 1Gbps. The blazing speed will be offered using a fiber-to-the-home connection.

Google claims that it plans to offer connectivity to anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000 users at a competitive price. The goal of the experiment is to see what sort of apps developers can come up with when there is a huge amount of bandwidth. Google also wants to test new ways to build fiber networks and help inform and support similar deployments in other parts of the world. The network it creates will offer open access with a choice of multiple service providers.

The announcement today marks the first step in the new program with a request for information to help find interested communities. Google is welcoming responses from local governments and citizens. Those interested in the program can respond to Google on a page set up for the experiment. Responses will be collected until March 26. After that date Google will announce the communities it plans to target later in 2010 for the network installations. Google reports that it has urged the FCC to look for new and novel ways to get broadband to more of the country as part of the National Broadband Plan and the experiment is its contribution to the effort.



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Google has to do this....
By rdhood on 2/12/2010 1:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
... because the ISPs won't.

Where I live, I am lucky to have the slowest DSL in the country. My only alternative is dial up. More than half the people in the U.S. don't have an internet connection capable of streaming HD, and there are no ISPs rushing to make it happen.

For a long time now, ISPs have not been in expansion mode. They have been in "squeeze the current system a little harder" mode. They promise bandwidth that they don't have, while tiering service to get people to do less so as not to stress their networks. Profits are not plowed back into the network, but siphoned off to stock holders and corporate salaries.

The AT&T iPhone situation in major cities is just a singular example of what is happening. Instead of increasing bandwidth, they seek to limit bandwidth in order to make make existing networks suffice. 150 million home internet users put up with the same crapola from their ISPs that iPhone users are putting up with from AT&T. Connections run at half the promised speed with no upgrades or enhancements planned.




RE: Google has to do this....
By Oregonian2 on 2/12/2010 4:54:53 PM , Rating: 2
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Profits are not plowed back into the network, but siphoned off to stock holders and corporate salaries.


Don't know about AT&T, but Verizon has been plowing insanely huge amounts of money into expanding their FiOS system (which is very expensive -- it requires burying new infrastructure in the ground "from scratch") to each customer. They've basically abandoned their wireline business and is selling it to Frontier (including MY FiOS service) to concentrate their capital investments into FiOS.

AT&T probably could stop paying dividends to stockholders, but I think there would be a revolution if that happened. AT&T dividends have been paid consecutively since 1897. Some companies think their owners are important.


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