Google Fiber: Announcement of winning community delayed

It seems like a long time ago that we brought you news of the plans by Google to build a new high-speed fiber-optic Internet network, to be known as Google Fiber. This network will have connection speeds up to 100 times faster than standard U.S. networks and over 600 communities across America applied to become the first community to receive Google Fiber.

Indeed one community, Topeka in Kansas, even changed its name to Google in its bid to be selected. Back in July we wrote that we were expecting an announcement later this year of which community had been chosen to be the first with Google Fiber but we now have news today that the selection has been delayed, according to Clint Boulton over on eWeek.

Google has now announced that the decision will be postponed until 2011 because of the large amount of applicants who wanted to be the first to receive the 1G-bps broadband network. 1,100 communities and 194,000 individuals have now applied for Google Fiber and Milo Medin of Google said in a blog post, “While we’re moving ahead full steam on this project, we’re not quite ready to
make that announcement. We’re sorry for this delay, but we want to make sure we get this right.”

John Letzing over on The Wall Street Journal also tells more about how Milo Medin has been newly-appointed to Google as vice president of access services and says that networking expert Medin is now managing the Google Fiber team and will oversee the build of the new fiber network. What are your thoughts on Google Fiber? Maybe you are even in one of the communities that hope to be chosen for the new network? Why not send us your comments to let us know.