Google postpones fibre broadband plans

Google has delayed its 1Gbit/sec fibre roll out until next year.

Google postpones fibre broadband plans

The company announced in February that it would trial super-fast fibre connections in selected US neighbourhoods, and asked communities to put together a pitch for why they should be chosen.

A winner was supposed to be picked by the end of the year, but Google has delayed the process, claiming too many communities entered the contest.

“We had planned to announce our selected community or communities by the end of this year, but the level of interest was incredible — nearly 1,100 communities across the country responded to our announcement — and exceeded our expectations,” said president for access services Milo Medin, in a post on the Google blog. “While we’re moving ahead full steam on this project, we’re not quite ready to make that announcement.”

Medin said Google would make an announcement in early 2011. “To be clear, we’re not re-opening our selection process — we simply need more time to decide than we’d anticipated,” he added.

Google has already rolled out a beta of the broadband system to 850 homes in Stanford, near its headquarters.

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