Mountain View, Calif. – Google (NASD: GOOG) has unveiled plans to test an
ultra high-speed Internet service that the company said is more than 100 times
faster than most broadband connections currently offered by cable and telecom
providers. The company said that it will launch the service in a small number
of trial locations across the U.S.,
selling it at what it called a "competitive price" to as many as
500,000 people at the outset.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski hailed the
project, saying that it would "provide an American testbed for the next
generation of innovative, high-speed Internet apps, devices and services."
As a first step, Google has begun soliciting information from local governments
and private citizens in a bid to gauge interest.
The company said that it plans
to operate an open-access network giving users a choice of multiple service
The goal of the project, Google said, is to "experiment and
"Network providers are making real progress to expand and
improve high-speed Internet access, but there’s still more to be done,"
the company wrote on its blog.
"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."
(Google blog post)