Google on Wednesday announced that it planning to test blazing-fast broadband networks in trial locations around the country, and has invited residents and local governments to express their interest. In an effort to boost Asheville’s chances at becoming a test location, the Mountain Xpress has set up a place to help the grassroots get organized.
Google’s networks will deliver Internet speeds 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today — more than 1 gigabit per second. It plans to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 people, and up to 500,000. Here’s what else Google says:
Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have 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.
Google is asking municipalities to fill out a request for information, which it will use to decide where to build. It’s also accepting residents’ input. The deadline is March 26. Click here to tell Google about Asheville and Western North Carolina.