Yesterday, Google announced their plans to roll out an experimental ultra high-speed broadband network to several trial locations across the United States. How fast is ultra fast? Think nearly 100 times what you’re currently getting or more accurately, 1 gigabit per second. Obviously, you’re wondering when you can get this and how much it’ll cost. For the time being, nobody really knows.
From Google’s official blog:
“Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specifics we have in mind:
- Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it’s creating new bandwidth-intensive “killer apps” and services, or other uses we can’t yet imagine.
- New deployment techniques: We’ll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we’ll share key lessons learned with the world.
- Openness and choice: We’ll operate an “open access” network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we’ll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.”
This isn’t the first time Google has rolled out a network of their own. Mountain View, CA residents have had access to GoogleWiFi. Since 2006, Google has teamed up with the local government to equip lampposts throughout the city with Wi-Fi access points that provide free internet to anyone with a Google account.
Google’s gathering requests for information from interested municipalities to help determine where to build their networks. The lucky communities will be announced later this year. If you think it’ll help, be sure to nominate your community. Google insists this 1Gpbs connection will be competitively priced with current offerings.
We’ll keep you updated as the last piece of the Skynet puzzle falls into place. Excited yet? Feel free to compare your soon-to-be out-of-date connection in the comments.