Google wants to push the development of “super-fast open broadband networks.” According to this story by Miguel Helft in The New York Times, Google is looking for a few selected communities where they can build demonstration networks that would allow “people to surf the Web at a gigabit a second, or about 100 times the speed of many broadband connections.”
“In Google’s vision of the future of the Internet, the live streaming of 3-D medical images from a rural health clinic to a specialized medical center or the downloading of a full-length movie in a matter of minutes would become commonplace.”
The company will be soliciting proposals from interested communities over the next six weeks with the goal of having a working system in place by the end of the year.
With our history of innovation in fiber optics from local companies like Ciena, I think Howard County would make a nice test bed for this project.
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