Google Delays High-Speed Network Choice

In December, Google announced it would delay its decision on the choice of which city will allow a sampling of their products broadband network to 1 Gbps to early 2011. It said the reason for this delay was basically a bunch of applications received.

In early 2010 Google announced a plan to start building a fiber network that supports data transfer speed Internet over 1 gigabit per second. This is more than 100 times the normal residential speed of broadband connections, paving the way for much more robust application delivery, especially in the areas of games and video.

Google plans to test the initial offering of this network of between 50,000 and 500,000 households in the U.S. Google accepted the offers of cities and individuals looking to test the offer, setting off a frenzied response. Even government officials sprang into action in an effort to attract the attention of Google. The bidding process was closed in March 2010, but not before nearly 200,000 people and over 1,100 municipalities had applied.

Google said the initial plan was to announce the winning entry/entries at the end of 2010, but with only a couple of weeks left in 2010, Google has not yet made it’s choice. “While we are moving full steam ahead on this project, we’re not quite ready to make that announcement,” said Milo Medin, VP of Google’s Internet access services. Medina continued, “We’re sorry for this delay, but we want to make sure we get this right.”

Currently, Google hopes to make its selection in early 2011.