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Internet search giant, Google, last week announced a plan to test an ultra high-speed broadband network at Stanford University in 2011.

Incidentally, Stanford is also where Google’s founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, attended. The company will provide high speed access to over 800 staff-owned and faculty members based on Stanford’s Palo Alto, California, campus.

This connection will provide high speed internet access at about 100 times the current average connection speeds, up to 1 GB (gigabit) per second. Using Fiber-optic technology, the company plans to break ground on the project in early 2011.

Also earlier this year, Google announced plans to offer a similar service on a trial basis in one or more locations in the United States, which would allow them to test the network with at least 50,000 people or even more. It is not yet known where these location(s) will be, as Google will only announce the winning community(s) towards the end of this year.

Among Google’s many offerings are also a much faster internet browser called, Google Chrome. Among some of the positive attributes is that the actual display area of the browser is noticeable bigger than for instance Internet Explorer and Firefox.


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