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Ultra high speed broadband networks by Google

Published by under Communications,News categories on March 1, 2010

3d image of a head Google announced plans to build experimental ultra high speed broadband networks that would deliver Internet speeds 100 times faster than today.  One gigabit per second speeds would allow to stream 3-D medical imaging over the Web or download a high-definition, full-length movie in few minutes.

Google’s project complements US President Barack Obama’s pledge to bring broadband to every US home as part of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan.

Google product managers Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly said the Mountain View, California-based company was planning to “build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations” in the United States. “We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with one gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections,” .

Google said it planned to offer service to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people. “Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make broadband Internet access better, faster and more widely available,” Richard Whitt, Google’s Washington-based telecom and media counsel, said in a blog post.

“We think that ultra high-speed bandwidth will lead to many new innovations — including streaming high-definition video content, remote data storage, distance learning, real-time multimedia collaboration and others that we simply can’t imagine yet.”

Google was not looking to compete with the telephone and cable television companies that are the current Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Whitt told. Rather, Google planned to offer a “paid service to customers at a competitive price,” he said, but would focus on “underserved” communities or those that “have no service whatsoever.”

Google invited communities around the country that wanted to take part in the high-speed broadband trial to make their interest known by March 26 and said the target communities would be announced later this year.

FCC chairman Julius Genachowski welcomed the Google initiative, saying “this significant trial will provide an American testbed for the next generation of innovative, high-speed Internet apps, devices and services.”


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