In the early parts of this year, Google started talking about plans to bring massive Internet speeds to communities around the US. The reasoning? To find out what they’d do with it. Google, understanding that everybody would want the service, did a series of competitions where communities could prove their desire. However, Google makes it clear that this project is separate from the other selection process.
According to the Google Blog:
As we’ve said, 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.
The goal with the Stanford project is really more investigative for Google:
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.
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