Cisco Systems is reportedly getting ready to unveil a plan to work with service providers to build ultrafast broadband networks that could run at 1G bps, according to published reports. The announcement, expected March 9, would mirror a similar infrastructure announcement made by Google Feb. 10, and will come a week before the FCC unveils its National Broadband Plan.
Cisco Systems reportedly is working with several major service
providers to develop an ultrafast broadband network.
Cisco's move in some ways mirrors a recent move of Google,
which on Feb. 10 said it plans to build
that run at 1G bps in several regions around the United
However, unlike Google-which was seen as taking on established
service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon-Cisco is working with the
ISPs, many of which are Cisco customers, according to unnamed sources quoted by
Cisco officials are expected to announce the company's plans
during a Webcast March 9. In announcing the event, Cisco said its news
"will forever change the Internet and its impact on consumers, businesses
The networking giant's move also dovetails with the federal
government's efforts to expand the reach of broadband throughout the country.
The Obama administration designated more than $7 billion in federal stimulus
money for broadband projects, and on March 17, the Federal Communications
Commission is scheduled to release
its National Broadband Plan
laying out how to bring affordable broadband to
most of the more than 93 million Americans who don't have such access.
Federal officials have said expanding the reach of
broadband-and ramping up broadband speed-are economic imperatives if the United
States is to remain competitive with other countries such as Japan and France,
both of which are ahead in terms of broadband adoption rates.
The FCC is pushing ahead with its goal of building networks
with speeds of 100M bps for 100 million homes by 2020, an expectation that is
sure to raise the pressure on current service providers to ramp up the speed of
In fall 2009, FCC officials said it could cost as much as $350 billion to
upgrade current networks and build new ones to reach the organization's goal.