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Google launches website for ultra high-speed broadband project

Warwick Ashford

Google has launched a website dedicated to its project to build experimental ultra high-speed fibre optic networks to demonstrate how to achieve universal access at one gigabit per second.

Announcing the project in February, Google said it planned to test new ways to build fibre networks and would share its findings to help inform and support deployments elsewhere.

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As the project moves forward, Google has announced the launch of a website to enable people to keep up to date with new developments.

The Google Fiber for Communities website includes videos, FAQs, and suggestions for how to take action to get faster internet connections.

Google wants people to pressure ISPs and the government to improve the quality of their connection to generate more revenue for Google, according to Mashable.

The project aims to deliver internet connection speeds 100 times faster than most US connections and sparked applications from more than 600 communities to take part in the experiment and nearly 1,100 requests for information.

Topeka, Kansas even changed its name to Google, Kansas in the hopes of becoming one of the communities selected to take part in the project.

The announcement of the first community to benefit from Google's high-speed network is expected later this year.

"We still have some work ahead of us before we're ready to make that announcement, but in the meantime, we hope this site helps to keep the conversation going," said Minnie Ingersoll, Google product manager.


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