Google today made an exciting announcement of its attention to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in the United States. While we have no similar plans for Europe, we think this is the type of action needed to make the Internet faster and better. The European Commission has endorsed a new digital strategy which puts at its center the construction of faster broadband for all Europeans. Significant private and public sector investments will be required to meet this ambitious goal. We'll be returning to this theme in coming months.
Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in Paris or London. Or procuring a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3-D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this and more possible. We've urged the FCC to look at new and creative ways to get there in its National Broadband Plan – and today we're announcing an experiment of our own.Google is planning to build and test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the United States.
In our U.S. experiment, we'll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Europeans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We'll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.Our goal is to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone. Here are some specific things that we have in mind:
Posted by Minnie Ingersoll and James Kelly, Product Managers