The Mom of all internet companies, Google, has announced today that it will effectively become an internet service provider. The company is planning on building a number of ultra high-speed broadband networks in select locations in the United States, serving anywhere between 50000 and 500000 users.
Further details are that Google plans on offering 1 gigabit per second fibre-to-the-home connections at “competitive prices”. Google calls it a test, and it wants to figure out what “developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds”. On top of that, it wants to investigate new ways of building fibre networks. The network will be open access; in other words, it may be used by competing ISPs to ensure choice among users.
“Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture,” write Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, Product Managers Universal at Google, “Ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible.”
If you work for your local government, you can sign up as an interested party to partake in Google’s fibre test. Even if you’re not a person of authority or a policy maker, you may still nominate your community.