From a Google announcement made today:
“Earlier this year we announced our plans to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of American communities. … We’ve reached an agreement with Stanford University to build an ultra-high speed broadband network to the university’s Residential Subdivision, a group of approximately 850 faculty- and staff-owned homes on campus. Through this trial, we plan to offer Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second … We plan to start breaking ground in early 2011. … To be clear, this trial is completely separate from our community selection process for Google Fiber, which is still ongoing. As we’ve said, our ultimate goal is to build to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, and we still plan to announce our selected community or communities by the end of the year. …”
Thanks to Clark Mackey for the heads up about this announcement.