199w ago - Today the AP reports that Google is planning to build ultra-fast broadband networks in select areas.
Feeling lucky? Apparently Google will seek input from communities that might be interested in getting one of its test networks which will deliver speeds of 1 gigabit per second.
That would be roughly 50 to 300 times faster than the DSL, cable and fiber-optic networks that connect most U.S. homes to the Internet today, at speeds typically ranging from 3 megabits to 20 megabits per second.
To quote: Google envisions systems that will enable consumers to download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes; allow rural health clinics to send 3-D medical images over the Internet; and let students collaborate with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture.
"Our goal is to trial new technologies and figure out what kinds of applications you can send over these big pipes," said Richard Whitt, Google's Washington-based counsel for telecommunications and media. "There may be next-generation applications that are being held back right now."
Google said it is prepared to sell access directly to consumers at prices that are competitive with existing broadband services, but would consider letting Internet service providers or local governments sell their own services over the Google network.
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Why are we one of the most advanced countries, but we are at the bottom of the list for internet speeds. We max out at 10mbps, when Japans current max speed is 60mbps. More shockingly they pay less for 60mbps service than we do for 10mbps.
This only shows the greedy behind everything we do as a country. The big cable and satellite companies fear that fast speeds will allow customers to download/watch the service they provide online and save $$$ on tv service.
I agree, I'd like it too but this would limit each oceanic backbone to 8.6 million connections @ full bandwidth (in the most lucky scenario), this is in contrast with the IPv6 implementation that will switch from 2^32 addresses to 2^128...
...it doesn't make sense if you plan to allocate 1Gb each cause it will limit overhelmingly the number of potential user while IPv6 was thought to allow more users to connect...
Ending.. welcome 1Gb line, but this could cost quite a bit, backbones doesn't grow like mushrooms unfortunately... but I do prefer those ones than satellites... I don't like to be cooked up by Ghz waves...
Living in Europe I cannot do anything else than envy you a bit when you will have your Gb line... at least if Google or some other company doesn't plan to do the same here as well... of course.
What is interesting is that Google is also trying to pioneer the cloud computing personal desktop field. This would help Google tremendously because of the speeds. I'm curious as to the final pricing of the final package. Also, even though they stated they were not going to compete with apple, verizon, etc. I can imagine that in some way they would, especially with the capabilities of VoIP on the new Google BB Network. Very interesting to see what would become of this.