Google Offers Stanford U. Faculty Homes a Super-Fast Network

Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page graduated from Stanford University, and they keep giving back to the Palto Alto institution. The latest gift: a high-speed broadband network for a group of houses owned by university faculty and staff, according to an announcement from the university.

The pilot project will offer people the ability to connect to the Internet as speeds up to one gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than a typical Internet connection in the U.S.

The company was also enticed by Stanford’s willingness to let Google experiment with new fiber-optic technology in about 850 homes on the main campus, according to InformationWeek. Google will finance the network construction, and the Stanford homeowners will get free use for a year (although they will have to pay an installation fee).

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