Next for Google - become an internet service provider?

11 February 2010

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."

TOPICS:   Technology   Broadband

12 comments

  • Robin
    First! I'm a douchebag too!
  • myiphoneisbroken
    Where is googlebay? They are probably the only people in the world with enough resources to compete with ebay, and win.
  • wombat
    @Robin - First? That's 'cos of your 1Gb broadband...
  • -]
    Google already collect so much information about people, try to archive usenet, snoop through email etc. Why on earth anyone would use them? That is without including how they cave in to any demands from government (great firewall of china for example)
  • James N.
    well done bitter wallet you said "1 GB" aka 1 Gigabyte, when in fact it's 1Gb aka 1 Gigabit. Try to learn and understand the concept of speed vs size, bits versus bytes. harsh? yeah probably but im bored.
  • Paul s.
    fiber? google and carbs whatever will they think of next them crazy americans and their narcissistic way of spelling :)
  • Bill B.
    Article states 1GB/sec, should be 1Gb/sec. FAIL.
  • Andrew
    God people are incredibly pessimistic and negative. When ever google does something positive and in this case, potential great for the future development of the fiber optic network. People have to complain and piss on it. Quote: -] "Google already collect so much information about people, try to archive usenet, snoop through email etc. Why on earth anyone would use them?". Errr it's the freaking internet if you don't want information stolen so much, get off the internet and go join a commune. Not like anything you post on the internet is valuable anyway. Also "That is without including how they cave in to any demands from government (great firewall of china for example)". Excuse me, but I think you should be glad that Google isn't more powerful than the Chinese/US/Whatever government. Do you really think a business would want to go and challenge any government??? It's not Google's place to fight for the rights of the Chinese people and there freedoms regarding the firewalls. People should really know it's not Google's place to interfere with a country's governmental business. It's the freaking PEOPLES' business to deal elect/vote/etc with government business/policy. Really I just want people to know that change for betterment doesn't come from complaining for someone else to change, but from working towards a better future where ever and whenever u can to be the change yourself. If you really so smart, go out do Google, make something even better.
  • Nobby
    > Not like anything you post on the internet is valuable anyway. Yes it is, which is why google want it.
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