Google Tests 1Gbps Broadband Network at Stanford University

Google will launch a 1 Gbps broadband network for faculty homes on Stanford University’s campus in 2011. Think of it as a flight test for its planned community deployment.
Google struck a deal with Stanford University to build a broadband network fueling Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second for 850 homes owned by faculty and staff on the campus.The experiment, slated to start in early 2011, is the latest in Google’s effort to test how ultra high-speed broadband access might work in homes. The search engine, which depends on fast broadband connections to ensure its applications serve consumers effectively, said in February it planned to test such networks in American communities serving 50,000 to 500,000 people.   
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