Boom! Google becomes a Gigabit Fiber to the home ISP

The US has been falling behind the world in Broadband capacity to the home largely because of the complacency of the telcos and cable service providers.

Google might get them to switch into high gear with their announcement today, however.  Google will be running Gigabit(!!) fiber to the home for a "reasonable price" to up to half a million households.  That is 100 times most current Internet speeds.  Google is also a proponent of Net Neutrality, which the telcos and cable companies have been trying to stop.

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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.

Google is making this seem like a humanitarian effort, but I can't help but think this is another business that they'd like to enter. Whether or not they decide to become a real ISP, the traditional Telco/Cable companies have to see this as a warning shot.  Become competitive or get trounced.

Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that 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.

Like our WiFi network in Mountain View, the purpose of this project is to experiment and learn. Network providers are making real progress to expand and improve high-speed Internet access, but there's still more to be done. We don't think we have all the answers – but through our trial, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the shared goal of delivering faster and better Internet for everyone.

So can you have Gigabit fiber to your home? Perhaps.  Google is sending out requests for information (RFI) and looking for responses from government agencies. 

As a first step, today we're putting out a request for information  to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public.

If you'll excuse me, I have to call my representatives. 

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