Google’s plan to build high-speed broadband a case of leading by example

February 10, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Google announced on its blog Wednesday, that is constructing an experimental fiber network that the company says will “deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today.  Google said it has no intention to build a nationwide network to rival those offered by giants such as Comcast Corp., AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc., but only build and test a few fiber-optic networks that reach homes, aiming to serve 50,000 to 500,000 people.  Google said it would select the test locations this year and its service would be offered at “a competitive price,”  with connection speeds of 1 gigabit per second. Many high-speed home Internet connections operate at less than 10 megabits per second.Google’s move comes as federal regulators are close to completing a yearlong effort to draft a national broadband plan, which will lay out proposals to ensure all Americans have access to Internet service that is affordable and offers high speed.  With typical broadband speeds in America lagging behind countries in Europe and Asia, Google is seemingly trying to get U.S. telecoms to invest in the future, and push its vision for how the Internet as a whole should operate. In building the test network, Google is making a case for net neutrality, by demonstrating a carrier could easily manage complex applications that use a lot of bandwidth without sacrificing performance. Google has argued that building a national broadband infrastructure is today’s equivalent to building the nation’s highway system, and would create jobs and stimulate economic development.

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