Google is an ISP “Think Big with a Gig”

Google has had a very busy week. Yesterday Google released their new social service called Buzz, and today announced they will now be an internet service provider. The speeds that Google is unleashing are just amazing.

We all know Google is always pushing to have the best and fastest services (Chrome and searches), but did you ever think they would be hosting your internet? Today, on Google’s official blog, they wrote about how they are going to try to push out a 1 gigabit per second connection to 50,000-500,00 people. Google says this connection is 100 times faster than a residential connection.

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.

I personally like the idea. I think it would be great to have the speed, and it would change the internet as we know it. I would predict that Google will have this at a low to normal price point, and won’t charge something outrageous.

The service will start rolling out when enough towns/citys are interested. It will only be available in the United States.

Google’s Goal

  • 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.

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