Next for Google - become an internet service provider?
Google are exploding like a jacked-up supernova right now, with projects flying in all directions. Earlier in the week they decided to try plugging maps into GMail and setting their sights on social media with Google Buzz. It's bollocks. Now they've announced plans to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a number of trial locations across the US, initially serving up to half a million people.
Google are planning to deliver broadband services at speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, and the network will be open access, meaning other service providers can take advantage of Google's infrastructure. In that knowingly earnest way, Google state: " Wedon'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."