Yesterday we told you about TRAI working out a plan to connect rural India to the internet. It’s a big plan for sure, but imagine something ten times bigger. That’s what Google wants to do, bring faster internet to a larger audience. When they say “faster”, they don’t mean speeds of 2 Mbps or 4 Mbps for every household. They are talking 1 Gbps!
How far has this plan gone? For now, they are trying a “beta” experiment to bring 1 Gbps fiber-to-home at Stanford University’s Residential Subdivision. It has not started yet but should be underway early next year. The only reason they selected Stanford was the close proximity to Google’s HQ and because people were willing to co-operate with Google’s plans in a full-fledged manner.
Google got a response from about 1,100 communities across the US who requested internet connectivity through Google Fiber. The problem they face now is that they haven’t decided to which and to how many communities they will provide this plan. While the announcement was expected this year, Google might take some more time in finalizing their decision.
We’ll keep you updated as and when we get the news.