On February 10, 2010, Google announced their plan to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. Google will deliver Internet speeds more than a hundred times faster than what most Americans have access to today with one gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. Google plans to offer service at a competitive price to at least fifty thousand and potentially up to five hundred thousand people.
Google's goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that they have in mind:
The purpose of the ultra high speed broadband project is to experiment and learn. Google is putting out a request for information to help identify interested communities. Google welcomes responses from local government, as well as members of the public. To respond, visit http://www.google.com/appserve/fiberrfi (on that page, scroll far right for get involved button and overview link).
Google will collect responses until March 26, 2010 and will announce their target communities later this year.