Google has big plans to revolutionize the internet in more ways than just coming up with Twitter rivals. The internet-centric company is looking to make broadband live up to all its promises, and to help American internet users catch up to their counterparts in other parts of the world.
"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," Google poses in today's blog update. "Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible."
In short, Google plans to offer the fastest internet in the country. In long, "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."
Google hasn't yet detailed where it will run the tests, but if you're located in the U.S., you can keep your fingers crossed that your area will be eligible.
While U.S. telecommunications companies are busy devising ways to throttle users' bandwidth by imposing caps, Google is looking to conduct an experiment in hopes of making internet access better and faster for everyone.
Here are three specific things that Google has in mind:
- Next generation apps: We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive "killer apps" and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine.
- New deployment techniques: We'll test new ways to build fiber networks, and to help inform and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world.
- Openness and choice: We'll operate an "open access" network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory and transparent way.
This is all in the preliminary planning stages and Google plans to collect responses from interested communities until March 26, so don't expect any definite word until after that date.
Interestingly, Google in 2007, as its April Fool's gag, joked about offering its own very high-speed internet service. Although this new service doesn't involve the toilet (from what we can tell), Google's new interest in providing super high-speed internet is now a real thing.