Bloggers Like Google's Speedy Web Plan
If nothing else, it could ramp up pressure on big ISP's
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2010 4:34 PM CST
Google will test hyper-fast Internet speeds in select markets.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Google's plan to test ultra-fast Internet speeds via fiber optic networks is going over well with tech bloggers:

  • Mark Sullivan, PC World: "Google hopes that the new model will fire up the business of being a small, local ISP. That can only be good. ... Google has a rare opportunity to put real pressure on large ISPs like AT&T and Comcast to sell more bandwidth for less money."
  • Dan Frommer, Silicon Alley Insider: Cool strategy: "Google makes noise about getting into the telecom business, telcos freak out and spend more money, fast networks get built either way, and Google wins."

  • Mike Masnick, TechDirt: Can Google make this work? "I'd probably bet against it if you were laying odds. ... I'm not convinced that Google will focus enough on this to make it a success. But I hope I'm wrong. More serious entrants into the market would be a good thing."
  • Devindra Hardawar, VentureBeat: "As someone who drools at the thought of a 100 megabit Internet connection, the possibility of a gigabit connection is downright orgasmic. Of course, it won’t make a big difference initially if the rest of the web is stuck at slower speeds, but it offers some killer possibilities down the line."