Today, Google announced that it's taken the next step in global domination: providing Internet service in the United States. But not just any 'ol crappy DSL connection. We're talking speeds one hundred times faster than a typical broadband connection.
Google wants to bring fiber optic data connections to a test bed of users - between 50,000 and 500,000 people - to various trial locations across the US, with speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. That's fast, people.
In the video, they explain that this would allow for applications not possible using today's typical 1.5 to 5mbps connections, which seems to imply that this is another push toward the "cloud computing" infrastructure that everyone seems to be talking up lately.
Essentially, this is a connection so fast that complex software could be completely web-based, because the bandwidth would be so huge, the user wouldn't notice the difference between things being ran on their local machine versus programs being ran across the Internet. Sounds good to us.
Google, if you're reading this: SIGN. ME. UP.