Google into Fiber – the Google Network and where this might head to

Posted on February 10, 2010

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It seems that my “prediction” regarding “Google Wireless” on Januari 6, 2010 is not so far off as I thought:

Read: Think big with a gig

We’re planning to build and test ultra high-speed broadband networks in a small number of trial locations across the United States. We’ll deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today with 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We plan to offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

See this blog post and scroll down to the bottom half to this header: “The one missing thing: “Google Wireless”

There are three sides to this development:

  1. Control: He who controls communications controls the state – whether Google is doing it for good or evil, they are moving to a position I rather not see any company in
  2. Liberation: The availability of a high-quality network to people means access to the world. Connectivity is setting people free.
  3. Provocation: By showing that you can alos enter a new market that has been lazy for a while, you can set this market in motion again.

Test case, provocation,

In this article on the New York Times, Miguel Helft writes:

Critics say that Google’s move is little more than a public relations effort aimed at promoting its policy goals. They say that by spending relatively small sums, Google would be, in essence, pressuring the telecommunications companies that provide broadband access to millions of American homes to abide by Google’s rules.

So by investing only a relatively small amount of money, offering a concrete and provocating use case, the different providers of Internet Connections in America will hopefully get of their asses and upgrade the infrastructure.

“Google wireless” and your own fiber network

To offer Wifi access to a lot of devices on the scale of usage we are moving to now (everybody connected to via their phone) means you will have to offer:

  1. A reliable wired network
  2. A reliable WiFi network connected to the wired network

In the most ideal scenario you are independent of third parties who might limit the access you give to people who do not pay for the data they use over your WiFi. In a more realistic scenario, the infrastructure upgraded by the other parties is capable of covering the demand on data and others will comply with your vision of usage because if they do not, they will lose market share on the long run.

WiFi is a way to build a (replacement) network for phoning and mobile/wireless data transport without the limitations you have with the current GSM and likewise providers. It is a way to crack open a market of high level wireless communication. And in the end, all is data.

Looking at what Google is rolling out and what they depend upon now (crappy GSM low bandwith), it is a logical step. With the change Google provoke they might be able to create a situation where you can (slogan shaped statements:) “use your computer everywhere to access any service on the web” experience which can be fast and reliable. And “working anywhere as if you are at home working on your own network”.

Google Networks

From a political stand point, I think it is unwise and unwanted for Google to own the infrastructure on which data is transported. It is too mixed with their other business: offering easy access to almost all content on the Internet via search.

Roaming WiFi and earning money with WiFi

As with Fon, you can imagine a setup where you will pay a fixed fee per month to have roaming access to any WiFi spot part of the network. It will ask for some new approaches in scanning and switching to WiFi hubs, but people are apparently already working on that:

To: newtech-1 at meetup.com
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:25:07 -0500
Okay guys (gender-non-specific) –
I am looking for someone who could help with a very interesting project (that is well-funded).  We have an interesting wifi problem – we want to have a client router (e.g. a laptop) on a moving platform roam from one wifi spot to another.  We want to have client router (preferably with two radios) connect to one router initially, and then seemlessly switch to another router without interruption (e.g. I can watch a live stream and not see any hiccups in the streaming (without buffering).

10 Euro per month fixed fee: connected anywhere, everywhere would be an OK deal I guess.

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