Google July 13 launched Google Fiber for Communities, a Website to keep people in the loop on the company's plans to build ultra-high speed broadband networks. People can suggest policies to spur fiber deployments.
Google July 13 launched its Google Fiber for Communities
to keep people in
the loop on the company's plans to build ultra-high speed broadband networks.
Google Feb. 11
it will build these fiber meshes to hurtle Internet data at speeds of 1
gigabit per second. That's more than 100 times faster than most residential
broadband connections, paving the way for better application consumption such as video and games.
The plan is to test these networks for 50,000 to 500,000
people across the United States. Google requested volunteer bids, triggering frenzied
competition for the free service, which could be used to power whole communities.
Representatives from municipalities all over the country
got quite creative lobbying
for Google's fiber, renaming islands, jumping into
shark tanks and into Lake Superior in the dead of winter.
from more than 1,100 communities and 194,000 individuals
Google Fiber Product Manager Minnie Ingersoll said
Google is reviewing the requests from all parties and still plans to name
its target communities by the end of the year.
The Fiber for Communities Website is geared to keep the
conversation going, with opportunities for consumers and municipalities to
suggest federal and local policies to spur fiber deployments.
Throughout this process, one message has come
through loud and clear: people are hungry for better and faster Internet access.
Google is certainly hungry to provide it to them.
it denied it wants to be a full-fledged broadband provider, Google's fiber
plans assumed greater importance for the company when it
its Google TV service, which aims to marry Web surfing with TV
If Google entered the broadband carrier
business it would command not only the software platforms and applications to
drive Google TV, but the pipes used to deliver it