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Posted on Feb 10, 2010
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Unsatisfied with running just your searches, browser, e-mail, calendar, documents, videos, cell phone, turn-by-turn navigation, operating system, electricity monitoring, much of the advertising on the Internet and more, Google has announced that it plans to experiment with providing Internet service that is about 100 times faster than what most Americans are used to.

There’s a logic to Mountain View’s overachieving. Google wants more people to use more Internet for more reasons, because it will ultimately lead to more eyeballs on Google ads. 

If you want to be one of the lucky 50,000 to 500,000 subscribers, you can apply on behalf of your community here—PZS

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Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible. We’ve urged the FCC to look at new and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and today we’re announcing an experiment of our own.

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

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By Mobile Broadband, November 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment

So where do I go to apply for this ultra high speed broadband? Frankly I think the headline has it right. Google, for all their talent and good intentions seems to be putting their fingers into too many pies. One can only imagine the disasters looming when a company with mainly virtual wealth is holding the keys to vital infrastructure and networks. Are they prepared to keep all these plates spinning or is it time to spin a few off?

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By laoma, February 11, 2010 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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If Google were really interested in preserving and expanding internet access it would acquire the likes of Comcast and replace their reprehensible business practices with more democratic ones…follow the mantra: Do no evil.  The danger in the US for right wing take over or being priced beyond the means of the vast majority comes from the corporate control of the backbone and the intermediate substations to the ISP.  Prevent or control corporate avarice and you will have long-term creative and democratic use of the internet.

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By MarthaA, February 11, 2010 at 6:20 am Link to this comment

I’m a Googlite and I love what Google is doing, I just hope there are some kind of populace democratic trusts that are set up where no matter what, the Right-Wing will not be able to take Google over and use it against the populace in the future.

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