Washington Post: Google doesn't think your current Internet access is fast enough. To prove the point, they're planning to offer test markets broadband access that is 100 times faster than current speeds provided by cable and telephone companies.
However, Google says it's not planning to compete with your current ISP--just to demonstrate what is possible. "We are not getting into the [Internet service provider] or broadband business," said Google's Rick Whitt. "This is a business-model nudge and an innovation nudge."
In preparation for the announcement, Google has been buying unused fiber-optic lines for the past several years.