Google drops a bomb: It's building its own fiber network

Google announced today that it is planning to build and test broadband networks in several trial deployments across the US which promise to be "100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home connections."

A careful read of that line suggests that Google is promising 1 Gbps fiber, which is 100x faster than the average broadband user's transfer rate, as opposed to a 100 Gbps pipeline. The company says the service will reach 50,000 people initially, with a potential reach of up to 500,000, the company announced.

Right now, Google is putting out a request for information for communities looking to test Google's new fiber service. On March 26, the Mountain View search company will be announcing the markets where it will begin deployment.

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