Google have announced today that they are planning to build an experimental ultra high-speed, open access, broadband networks in a number of homes across the United States, in an attempt to make the Internet better and faster. (and I suspect to help give US ISPs a hurry along).
The network is expected to deliver speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
This equates to speeds up to 100 times faster than currently available. (And at competitive prices :)).
The experiment is designed to test applications that are not possible with current internet speeds, also to find better, cheaper ways to build and operate networks, which Google intends to share with other network operators.
Google are well known for being a company that pushes internet boundaries and this seems to be another attempt at that.
After all, the more people that have access to and use the net, the more potential Google has to make money from advertising. So if investing in and testing ways can help improve build and operation costs for networks, they will indirectly benefit from the increased access, speed and availability.