Update on Google's Ultra High-Speed Fiber Network: Communities Website
Article by George Norman
On 15 Jul 2010
Remember that back in February Google announced it plans to build and test an ultra high-speed broadband network in selected locations across the good old US of A. If you have been following this story and you know what I’m talking about, here is the update: Google has rolled out a Google Fiber for Communities website. The newly launched site offers info on fiber network and up-to-date info on Google’s experiment.

“We’re launching a new site called Google Fiber for Communities, where you can learn more about fiber networks and keep up-to-date on our project. You’ll also be able to advocate for common-sense federal and local policies that would help fiber deployments nationwide,” announced Product Manager with Google, Minnie Ingersoll.

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If you haven’t been following the ultra high-speed fiber network story, here’s the lowdown. In February Google announced that it plans to enter the ISP (Internet Service Provider) business by building an ultra high-speed broadband network. As Google announced, its network would provide speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is about 100 times better than what most Americans have nowadays.

The fiber network experiment, as Google explained, aims to target a few specific topics:
- What ultra high-speed internet access can be used for.
- New ways of building fiber networks will be tested. Any important info brought to light will be shared with the public.
- The network will be “open access”; it will be operated in an “open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.”

“Like our 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. We don't think we have all the answers – but through our trial, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the shared goal of delivering faster and better Internet for everyone,” commented the same Minnie Ingersoll at the time.



Tags: Google, Fiber network, Ultra high-speed broadband, Experiment
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