Earlier in the year, Google made clear that they wanted to get in the
business of providing Internet service, not just service search on the Internet
. A ton of cities made their case to Google
in order to be
selected for one of the first rollouts, but Google has still yet to make
their decision on that. In fact, an update today provided by the
company states that they're hoping to have that community or communities
selected by the end of the year.
But you won't have to wait that
long to start hearing reports about how great (or not so great)
Google's fiber-based ISP is. That's because the company has landed a
deal with Stanford University that will make it available to the
university’s Residential Subdivision, a group of approximately 850
faculty- and staff-owned homes on campus. Through the trial, Google
plans to offer Internet at speeds of up to 1Gbps, with plans to start
breaking ground early next year.
Google's goal is to build to at
least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, but this trial will
help them ensure that they're actually ready to take it outside of beta.
Stanford's campus is close to Google's campus, and that was a big part
of the choice. Google will be able to receive feedback from just across
town and tweak things quickly in order to make improvements.
small step for man, one giant step for the future of the Internet.