Like I said to a buddy once: “I you want it to happen, you gotta go ahead and do it yourself”.
Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. is planning to build high-speed fiber-optic broadband networks in the U.S. to offer Internet speeds that are more than 100 times faster than what Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. sell today.
The company, owner of the world’s most popular Web-search engine, said today it will offer the service at a “competitive price” to at least 50,000 people and potentially as many as 500,000. Google wants to use the networks for applications that consume lots of bandwidth.
Google’s jump into the market may pressure AT&T, Verizon and Comcast Corp. to bolster their high-speed networks, said Mike Jude, an analyst at researcher Frost & Sullivan in Denver. The company already offers a wireless network in Mountain View, California, and is an investor in Clearwire Corp., which provides Internet access using a technology called WiMax.
“The more competition in broadband the better, the higher the bandwidth the better,” Jude said. Google’s plan to offer speeds of 1 gigabit per second may prompt competitors to follow, he said. “If Google went out and started delivering a gigabit per subscriber, it would show that anybody with fiber can do the same thing.”
Verizon’s FiOS, AT&T’s U-Verse, and Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 services offer residential downloads no faster than 50 megabits a second, with the cheapest connections being 1 megabit or less. While the companies could offer faster speeds, they haven’t done so because there hasn’t been demand, said Lawrence Harris, an analyst at CL King & Associates in New York.
A 1-gigabit service could be popular with video-game players and those who want faster video, and could eventually extend into 3-D viewing, Harris said.