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.
via Official Google Blog: Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network. More awesomeness then I can possibly imagine about this.
A few major thoughts however:
- Google as an ISP would retain a ton more data than they already do, in fact everything that I do via the web or an internet based service they could harvest and collect.
- It also gives them a lot of power over my ability to surf the web. This is both a good and bad thing, they say they will make the web truly neutral, but they could also insert advertising on top of every page that I see.
- 1GB internet speed changes the idea of what you can do with the internet and makes the idea of real cloud-computing (dumb terminals with just a monitor, keyboard, mouse and an internet connection) a viable thought for most people.