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Google begins fiber broadband network trials at Stanford

Google said Thursday it will bring a beta version of its much-anticipated 1 gigabit fiber broadband network to 850 faculty and staff homes at Stanford University, a step forward in its experimentation as an Internet service provider.

Before you start fretting about your bids, Topeka and Seattle, the Stanford network is for testing purposes and will be separate from Google's contest to bring 1 gigabit networks to communities around the nation. Hundreds of communities -- many with their own gimmicks to grab Google's attention -- applied for the search giant to award them with their proposed ultra-fast networks.

The company said its goal is create networks that serve several communities totaling 50,000 to 500,000 people. Google said it is on track to announce the winners by the end of the year.

"Stanford’s Residential Subdivision—our first “beta” deployment to real customers—will be a key step towards that goal. We’ll be able to take what we learn from this small deployment to help scale our project more effectively and efficiently to much larger communities," Google produce manager, James Kelly, said in the blog.

Why Stanford for the trials? Helps that its nearby the Mountain View Campus, just one exit down Highway 101.

"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."

By Cecilia Kang  | October 21, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
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"Real customers?" I don't think Stanford faculty represent the norm. They'd get a better cross section in San Jose.

Posted by: NPRwasWrongToFireJuanWilliamsItIsNecessaryForADemocracyToFosterFreePoliticalTalk | October 22, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Google never stops innovating when it comes to new ways to spy on internet users. They will "give away free" internet access. In exchange, users will give away all their internet privacy.

Not a good exchange.

Posted by: jorjitop | October 22, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

jorjitop? Get your head out of your butt. Facebook is free, look at all the latest news about advertisers snagging private Facebook info and selling that info. You seem to think Bing, Microsoft, Hotmail, Facebook, Amazon, Ebay etc etc are not looking at your cookie crumbs as well.

Try a search on Flash LSO super cookies, everything you do on the internet is stored in Flash cookies for everyone to poke through. Not only that, but companies are recreating the cookies that you thought you deleted, all done by accessing the LSO's. Google has nothing to do with Flash. Everyone is chasing Google in search etc. To do what? Exactly the same as Google. Sell behavior data and targeted ads. How else are they monetizing their business.

Posted by: AFToy | October 23, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Best thing that could happen to this country.
We are so far behind the rest of the developed world with broadband and no one want's to spend the money to invest in home fiber.
Google will scare the rest of the provider's with this if they can pull it off.

Posted by: joepar703 | October 24, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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