Hoboken wants Google Gigabit Fiber!

2/11/2010:

Google recently announced ambitious plans to test a new ultra-high speed “Gigabit Fiber” internet technology in some (lucky) communities in the U.S.

We want it Google, are you listening?

Many Hoboken411 readers were excited when they learned about this new – and hope that if enough of us NOMINATE HOBOKEN to be part of the trial – we can enjoy this cutting edge technology and be part of the process!

“We plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

From now until March 26th, we’re asking interested municipalities to provide us with information about their communities through a Request for information (RFI), which we’ll use to determine where to build our network.”

What is Google doing and what does it seek to achieve?

Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this, and more possible. We’ve urged the FCC to look at new, and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and now we’re announcing an experiment of our own.

Google is planning to build, and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the country. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000, and potentially up to 500,000 people.

As a first step, we’re putting out a Request for Information (RFI) to help identify interested communities. We welcome responses from local government, as well as members of the public.

Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better, and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:

  • Next generation apps:We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it’s creating new bandwidth-intensive “killer apps” and services, or other uses we can’t yet imagine.
  • New deployment techniques: We’ll test new ways to build fiber networks; to help inform, and support deployments elsewhere, we’ll share key lessons learned with the world.
  • Openness and choice: We’ll operate an “open access” network, giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we’ll manage our network in an open, non-discriminatory, and transparent way.

Please NOMINATE HOBOKEN too, if you’d like to have this installed here!

Or is this just not possible in Hudson County because of our corrupt politicians?

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1 Comment on "Hoboken wants Google Gigabit Fiber!"

YipYap
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There are already 5 million homes in the US wired with FTTH (Fiber to the Home) FIOS has several decades of capacity, they only meter the bandwidth so they can make back their 23 billion dollar investment. There is plenty of capacity in FIOS just don’t expect them to give it away.

I would expect Google to pick a college town that owns the land and infrastructure.

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