Sunday, October 24, 2010

Google is bringing 1 Gigabit per second broadband speeds to Standford

On the 10th of February 2010, Google announced its Google Fibre Project. Their idea was sparked by the announcement of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 that requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deliver to Congress a National Broadband Plan by February 2010
Imagine being able to download five High-Definition movies in 5 minutes. Imagine being able to have live HD group chats from all four corners of the globe. Imagine being able to play Crysis through your browser, live!

So you ask, “What is 1 Gigabit per second (1Gb/S) and what is it?”. 1 Gb/S means downloading a gigabit of data every second! You can find more about it here

The reason that Google chose Stanford, is that: 
Most important was Stanford’s openness to us experimenting with new fiber technologies on its streets. The layout of the residential neighborhoods and small number of homes make it a good fit for a beta deployment. And its location—just a few miles up the road from Google—will make it easier for our engineers to monitor progress. 
Stanford is a huge step in the future for us; as, over time, we would be able to get it to. Keep in mind, that this trial is completely separate from Google community initiative.

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