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Google to launch experimental fiber network
Posted: 10-Feb-2010 [Source: Googleblog]

[Google announces plans to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of test markets across the U.S.]

Google says it is planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States delivering Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. The plan is to offer the service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

The goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that Google has in mind:

* Next generation apps: 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: Test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, sharing key lessons learned with the world. * Openness and choice: Operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. Google will manage the network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.

Like their WiFi network in Mountain View, the purpose of this project is to experiment and learn. Network providers are making real progress to expand and improve high-speed Internet access, but there's still more to be done. Through the trial, Google hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the shared goal of delivering faster and better Internet for everyone.

As a first step, today we're putting out a request for information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public. We'll collect responses until March 26, and will announce our target communities later this year.

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