Fresh off of unveiling its Facebook-ish Buzz -- which, over the last 24 hours, we've been using with surprising frequency, and very much enjoying -- Google wants to dip its toes in the broadband market. How so? With Google Fiber. Still in its nascent stage, they plan on testing out "Internet speeds more than 100 times faster" than what most of us are used to right now. Behold:
We plan to test ultra-high speed broadband networks in one or more trial locations across the country. Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We'll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.
If you're a local government or community who want to get in on the Google Fiber experiment, plead your case here.
As for Baghdad by the Bay? Well, it sure would be embarrassing if San Francisco missed out on this opportunity like this. After all, Gavin Newsom and (dreamy) Google co-founder Sergey Brin do like to get high together.