Google is moving ahead with its Google Fiber Network that it announced earlier this year. However, before you get too excited, this first test is extremely limited, and we can promise you that your town is definitely not the test bed.
Back in Feb. of this year, Google announced that it was looking for a community or communities where it could find 50,000 to 500,000 people to test its Google Fiber Network. The concept was that Google wanted to show the world the benefits of rolling out a network capable of speeds up to 1Gbps, and what sort of benefits that would bring to those people. Towns were encouraged to submit proposals as to why they thought their community was the right choice (including my own), and by the end of the year the company would announce where it would be rolling out this blazingly fast network.
While the winning locales have yet to be announced, Google did release today that it has struck a deal with Stanford University to run a limited test in a residential subdivision on campus filled with staff and faculty owned homes. These lucky 850 people were chosen due to the relative closeness to Google’s corporate headquarters which will allow Google’s engineers to more easily monitor the test.
Google did go on to assure people that this is totally separate from the community selection process, and that this is merely a real world test of the technology. The company assures everyone that the announcement of the communities that will receive the test will still be announced by the end of this year.
Ground will be broken on the Stanford project in early 2011.
What say you? Still hopeful for your community?