Back In February, I first wrote about Google’s proposed high-speed Internet access experiment, in which the company plans to select a community in the US in which it will install a 1 Gbps fiber network infrastructure. This got a lot of folks excited, and I posted several more notes about some of the stunts that local governments and civic associations had planned in the hope of attracting favorable notice from Google. The company had originally said that it planned to announce the selected community by the end of this year.
An announcement on the official Google blog yesterday, by Milo Medin, VP of Access Services, confirmed the high level of interest in the project, now called Google Fiber.
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. While we’re moving ahead full steam on this project, we’re not quite ready to make that announcement.
According to this latest post, Google now plans to announce its selection in early 2011.
Although I’m sure the applicants would prefer not to have to wait, I hope that the company takes the time to do a good job on this project, because I think it has the potential to demonstrate how much better Internet connectivity could be.