Google’s Fiber Aims to Get Things Moving

Almost nine months after submitting suggestions to the FCC to help develop their “National Broadband Plan” (NBP), Google announced it would be going out on its own to conduct an experiment to “deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.”

Google says it intends for the project to provide competitively priced, 1 gigabit/second connections via “fiber-to-the-home” (…looks like Dad was right, fiber really *can* get things moving along…) The blog states the purpose of the proposed plans is to “experiment and learn”, and, after last month’s delay of the NBP rollout by the FCC, many consider the announcement a welcomed nudge.

Google to Replace the FCC?

Not anytime soon… While the scope of the experiment won’t supersede the FCC’s plans of extending faster (100Mbps) broadband to reach 260 million people by 2020, Google’s fiber network could benefit up to 500,000 people, according to their site.

Will you be one of the lucky ones? Possibly. Through March 26th, 2010, Google will be collecting suggestions for their target communities. In an effort to identify interested communities, they’ve put out a request for information (RFI) and are encouraging local government, as well as members of the public to submit information.


How Can Your Community Apply to Receive Google’s Gigabit Fiber Network as Part of the Experiment?

If you’re interested in learning how your community might be able to participate in this experiment, check out the video above or visit their Google Fiber for Communities: Project Overview page.

If you’re hungry for even more info, check out the article with the announcement “Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network” posted February 10th on Google’s Official Blog.

Curious to See A List of Cities Vying for Google’s Attention?

Here’s a list of communities competing for Google’s gigabit fiber ultra-fast internet project.