Google with Stanford University to build an ultra-high speed broadband network to the university's Residential Subdivision, a group of approx. 850 faculty- and staff-owned homes on campus.
The trial will offer the residents Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, which Google says is more than 100 times faster than what most people have access to today. Google will begin the implementation in early 2011.
"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.
Our ultimate goal is to build to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, and we still plan to announce our selected community or communities by the end of the year," stated Google.