walkman - 8:24 am on Feb 11, 2010 (gmt 0)
Comcast is just now rolling out 100Mbps bandwidth, Google's talking 10x Comcast's latest and greatest efforts.
To 10 people maybe. Let's be honest here, Comcast and AT&T can match and surpass what Google does. Google cannot afford to get into this in mass scale, see how much debt telcos were forced to take to expand [finance.yahoo.com...] , google will choke and their stock crashed if they do the same. Maybe they can build a backbone and sell access to the big telcos but not retail. You can't just dig anywhere on the street, many have a monopoly by law (in my area you get ONE cable and one phone company and that's it)
Google's IT guys are second to none for sheer speed and ability to scale up massively so if anyone could pull off the fastest most scalable network on the planet as a model for others to follow, it's probably Google.
To design it on paper maybe :). If it was satellite based, I could believe it because it involves a lot less ground work.
What Google loses on downtime is negligible to the cost of running their own network. Maybe they should design good PCs too (windows crashes you know) and power plants just in case?
Finally, as others have pointed out, for a long while 100mb/s will be way more than we need since there are some bottlenecks.