Google is planning to build a local broadband network as a test project, has received more than 600 responses from communities interested in the effort.
The company announced plans to build a fiber optic network that would serve between 50,000 and 500,000 people, providing connections that are 100 times faster than current networks. The proposed network set off a frenzy of lobbying by cities and towns across the U.S., with some holding rallies and sending gifts to Google’s headquarters.
After urging the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband access, Google is developing the network to show the potential of high-speed Internet service. The company already offers a wireless network in its hometown of Mountain View, California.