Google's plans to build a super high-speed broadband network
running at 100 times current speeds have been pushed back for
2011, Googe announced today.
Earlier this year Google had announced
an experiment that
would help make Internet access better and faster for everyone:
to provide a community with ultra high-speed broadband, 100 times
faster than what most people have access to today. Google planned
to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small
number of trial locations across the United States. Google said
that it would 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. The service would be
offered at a 'competitive price' to at least 50,000 and
potentially up to 500,000 people.
Google had initially planned to to announce the development of
the service to its selected community or communities by the end
of this year, but according to Milo Medin, vice president of
Access Services at Google, "the level of interest was
incredible - nearly 1,100 communities across the country responded
to our announcement - and exceeded our expectations. While we're
moving ahead full steam on this project, we?re not quite ready to
make that announcement."
"We're sorry for this delay, but we want to make sure we get this
right. To be clear, we're not re-opening our selection process - we
simply need more time to decide than we'd anticipated. Stay tuned
for an announcement in early 2011, he said.