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We're planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second
Most web servers have lower bandwidth allowance than this.
What kind of service is Google thinking of by offering this type of bandwidth?
Or maybe Google will soon release a new version of their toolbar
[edited by: J_RaD at 6:32 pm (utc) on Feb 10, 2010]
I love the idea of 1GB connections
The combination of hutcheson & golocal's posts make the most sense to me. Too many people are stuck thinking Google is "just a search engine". This has never been true, even in the beginning.
They want all the world's information. Plain and simple. They are going to create the pipes to allow the information to travel -- and in turn they will advertise and organize -- and millions of people are going to climb on board. It's really that easy (for them).
This will probably just give Microsoft more options to create partnerships. Google will keep competing with their partners and Microsoft will keep making new resllers and partners (MS is good at making sure their resellers and partners *also* make money).
So what's Google's edge compared to Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and the likes
Comcast is just now rolling out 100Mbps bandwidth, Google's talking 10x Comcast's latest and greatest efforts.
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.