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Google to test broadband with speed 100 times faster than today

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Internet giant reveals it will experiment with new ways to deploy fiber.

Google Inc. plans to build and test broadband networks than could deliver speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans use.

The plan, announced on a company blog Wednesday, could expand Google’s position on the Internet by answering consumer demands for ever-faster connections. Google, already dominant in Internet search, has been looking for ways to expand that franchise, with the most notable recent effort being in smart phones.

The Internet giant, which plans to offer the service to at least 50,000 customers and potentially up to 500,000, said it aims to foster the development of new “killer apps” as well as experiment with new ways to deploy fiber networks. Among the possibilities Google touted were long-distance collaborations between doctors using three-dimensional images and the ability to download full-length movies in five minutes.

Google also said its network will have open access, meaning users will have a choice of service providers.

The company is collecting responses from interested communities until March 26 and will reveal the ones it has selected later this year.

Google shares were recently down 0.7% at $532.78. The stock is up 48% over the past year.

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