If you didn't get enough Google with yesterday's announcement of the purported Twitter/Facebook-killing Google Buzz, check out the news coming out of Mountain View today: Google wants to test an ultra-high-speed fiber network that delivers broadband speeds of one gigabit per second, 100 times faster than the average American's connection. Over the next several weeks, the company will be accepting proposals for government officials and citizens alike that are interested in testing the network in their communities.
Google has operated an independent wireless network at its Mountain View, Calif., HQ for a few years now, but this trial – which could serve up to half a million customers – would mark the beginning of a new adventure in providing network infrastructure for the search giant. Which essentially means even when you Bing, Google wants you to do it through its tubes. If information is power, Google seems to be concentrating both, a suspect tactic for a company whose mantra is "don't be evil."
But paranoid Orwellian commentary and monopolistic suspicions aside, Google claims in its blog post that it merely wishes to "experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone." And it does plan to leave its network open so users have a choice of providers to choose from on Google's network. Not to mention, the idea of gigabit data flow is a tantalizing prospect indeed. One could move whole HD movies in a matter of minutes, and talking cat videos on YouTube would never, ever stutter.
So as followers of all things digital here at PopSci, we have just a few things to say to Google regarding today's developments: For starters, next time you're going attempt to completely upend both social networking and Internet service providing in the same week, could you at least insert a couple day's rest for us tech bloggers in between? Your headline domination is actively messing with the editorial diet on the site.
Also, we'd just like to mention that Brooklyn, NY, is full of bright, forward-thinking, Net-savvy individuals who would no doubt offer great input on your broadband test project. So, you know, if you're looking for somewhere to drop gigabit upon gigabit of broadband, we wouldn't mind if you did it here. Just a thought.
How can I be down?
Good luck with that. You too can experiment Gigabit internet/ethernet on you computer right now. Just buy an extra PCI-Express Gigabit adapter and plug it in your PC and connect it to your gigabit hub. There you have it : gigabit internet at home.
I wonder if they plan on collecting the data that runs through the lines just liek they do with your searchs
Then a couple of these gigabit home users get virused and take down half the net with them.
It's perfectly fine with me if Google takes over the world if this is the kind of world we'll have (it helps that the company motto is, "Don't be evil.")
Incorrect. You'd need to buy a gigabit package from your ISP. Since when have you ever seen one offered for sale? You could only have gigabit access to local devices with gigabit cards in them.
FTTH rocks. My ISP provides me with a 200MBs connection in Korea for under $55 a month for nearly 4 years... It's good to see that google is spearheading the effort.
100 mb/s for 8 years. 3g for 7 years and having fun with 4g now (50 mb/s on cellphone) Sweden have a thing for being at the edge of comunication tech. wee hurray for google btw!
My apologies. I personally had never heard of a connection this fast made available to a typical consumer. Seems like the US lags very far behind the rest of the world in terms of internet connectivity (pun intended).
Now I want to move to Sweden...
Sure it's gigabits and not gigabytes? Big difference you know...
Yay we ar efinnaly catching up!!!
and that would be another vote for BROOKLYN !
Wow! Even Hong Kong did that already!
Hear hear! Now just get your lazy behinds up to the great white north and install my new connection! I can feel information overload syndrome already coming on!!
Although your files are taking up disk space in gigabytes, internet speed is calculated in gigabits! If you want to see how fast your are going www,speedtest,net is a relatively quick and easy test for your connection. (and it calculates in megabits/s )
Wonder how soon till they decide that all of California needs to be on par with Sweden.
Free the white space and we can all get good internet.
Honestly, unless I'm downloading when there isn't much bandwidth being used, people aren't likely to get much better download speeds anyway. Connection speeds have reached the point where download rates are limited by the speed of the uploading server. Show me a server that can actually upload at such a high rate to thousands of people at once and I might buy into this.
Right now, 1GBPS would be more speed than we need, and in fact, more than we could use.
I definitely wouldn't complain if they gave it to me, though ;)
I think they are doing this so when they launch their cloud OS it will be able to run at competitive speeds.
What do you think?
I think that this google expirment is a very good one and it will bring them up the line. Bing is starting to take over the search engine market but now with android and now this! Just like the android platform they are keeping this very open source meaning that any company can use it so theres always going to be some different speeds based on your company that you choose and the price that you pay.
This is going to be so awesome to download HD movies in probably less then a minute. If this interent is really 100 times faster then my internet then who knows what we could be downloading in two years, people could probably hack into government databases really easily cause it would be so quick and fast. I just hope they come to my neighborhood!