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February 10, 2010 // 8:48 pm - Today the AP reports that Google is planning to build ultra-fast broadband networks in select areas.

Feeling lucky? Apparently Google will seek input from communities that might be interested in getting one of its test networks which will deliver speeds of 1 gigabit per second.

That would be roughly 50 to 300 times faster than the DSL, cable and fiber-optic networks that connect most U.S. homes to the Internet today, at speeds typically ranging from 3 megabits to 20 megabits per second.

To quote: Google envisions systems that will enable consumers to download a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes; allow rural health clinics to send 3-D medical images over the Internet; and let students collaborate with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture.

"Our goal is to trial new technologies and figure out what kinds of applications you can send over these big pipes," said Richard Whitt, Google's Washington-based counsel for telecommunications and media. "There may be next-generation applications that are being held back right now."

Google said it is prepared to sell access directly to consumers at prices that are competitive with existing broadband services, but would consider letting Internet service providers or local governments sell their own services over the Google network.

Google to Build Ultra-fast Broadband Networks in Select Areas

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#15 - NaTaS69 - February 12, 2010 // 6:24 am
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Quote Originally Posted by streetlegend View Post
Why are we one of the most advanced countries, but we are at the bottom of the list for internet speeds. We max out at 10mbps, when Japans current max speed is 60mbps. More shockingly they pay less for 60mbps service than we do for 10mbps.

This only shows the greedy behind everything we do as a country. The big cable and satellite companies fear that fast speeds will allow customers to download/watch the service they provide online and save $$$ on tv service.

You can't compare the size (and the price to cover) of Japan, Sweden, etc, with the US. Also, they were more "stable" economically when started the BB aproach.

Here in portugal (europe) they started the "fiber revolution" last year and the offer of 1Gb is 250Eur.

#14 - streetlegend - February 11, 2010 // 6:07 pm
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Why are we one of the most advanced countries, but we are at the bottom of the list for internet speeds. We max out at 10mbps, when Japans current max speed is 60mbps. More shockingly they pay less for 60mbps service than we do for 10mbps.

This only shows the greedy behind everything we do as a country. The big cable and satellite companies fear that fast speeds will allow customers to download/watch the service they provide online and save $$$ on tv service.

#13 - KRaZE - February 11, 2010 // 5:18 pm
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BluRays are big, I hope this catches on

#12 - moneymaker - February 11, 2010 // 5:03 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Raze1988 View Post
Damn, I want this to be the norm! I hope it gets established around the world asap. With Google, it is possible!

1 gigabit would be 128MB/second download speed.

I agree, I'd like it too but this would limit each oceanic backbone to 8.6 million connections @ full bandwidth (in the most lucky scenario), this is in contrast with the IPv6 implementation that will switch from 2^32 addresses to 2^128...

...it doesn't make sense if you plan to allocate 1Gb each cause it will limit overhelmingly the number of potential user while IPv6 was thought to allow more users to connect...

Ending.. welcome 1Gb line, but this could cost quite a bit, backbones doesn't grow like mushrooms unfortunately... but I do prefer those ones than satellites... I don't like to be cooked up by Ghz waves...

Living in Europe I cannot do anything else than envy you a bit when you will have your Gb line... at least if Google or some other company doesn't plan to do the same here as well... of course.

#11 - xUb3rn00dlEx - February 11, 2010 // 3:27 pm
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What is interesting is that Google is also trying to pioneer the cloud computing personal desktop field. This would help Google tremendously because of the speeds. I'm curious as to the final pricing of the final package. Also, even though they stated they were not going to compete with apple, verizon, etc. I can imagine that in some way they would, especially with the capabilities of VoIP on the new Google BB Network. Very interesting to see what would become of this.

#10 - CyanCaze - February 11, 2010 // 2:46 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by Mantagtj View Post
You this the U.S. is bad!!, I pay £30 GBP for 10 megs broadband with 256 upload and cut at peak times down to 2.6 GIGs 5pm - 12am peak times.....

UK is crap for BB bring it over here.....
Um... What?

I assume you're saying the U.K. has terrible internet as well, but please note that we currently pay $30 for 2 Mps download speeds and only about 300k upload, that's about twenty euros or so.

#9 - Raze1988 - February 11, 2010 // 12:58 pm
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Damn, I want this to be the norm! I hope it gets established around the world asap. With Google, it is possible!

1 gigabit would be 128MB/second download speed.

#8 - br4insick - February 11, 2010 // 11:37 am
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lets just hope they build it at home in silicon valley. BAY AREA!!!

#7 - bostwick - February 11, 2010 // 11:21 am
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Speed increases that significant would definitely change the playing field in a lot of aspects. I think we would definitely see a lot less blote on software libraries stored on computer. your os good be supper thin. all you would need is a light weight client to get on the internet and everything else could be piped in instantaneously.

#6 - booniemiller - February 11, 2010 // 6:47 am
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Google recently built a data center about 20 miles from where I live. That would be f'n awesome if they tested near data centers. It would make sense, lower cost installing new lines. It would have to be fiber, right? I work at Commscope, we make miles of fiber cable. Unlimited supply of fiber and data center within 30 miles of each other, sounds like a win for me!