In another key development that involves Google, the company disclosed plans this week to build ultra high-speed broadband networks in select trial locations throughout the U.S. that, according to Google, will serve as test beds for new “bandwidth-intensive ‘killer apps’ and services or other uses we can’t yet imagine.” Announced in a company blog posting on Wednesday, the plan positions Google to enter the fixed services sector as a broadband network provider following its recent ventures into the wireless broadband and wireless smart phone markets. An investor in the nationwide Clearwire WiMax network and a leading advocate behind the FCC’s “white spaces” initiative, Google currently operates a free Wi-Fi network in the area surrounding its Mountain View, California headquarters. In Wednesday’s blog posting, Google observed that, in keeping with the deployment of the Mountain View Wi-Fi network, the company’s purpose in building the high-speed fiber networks is “to experiment with new ways to help make Internet access better and faster for everyone.” The trial networks will be designed to deliver broadband speeds “more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today,” with the goal to offer service to between 50,000 and 500,000 customers “at a competitive price.” Google also said it would provide open access to its network to enable users to choose from multiple service providers. The company has put out a request for information through March 26 to identify potential participant communities. Declaring, “we’ve urged the FCC to look at new and creative ways” to promote state-of-the-art broadband networks in the agency’s national broadband plan,” Google proclaimed: “today, we’re announcing an experiment of our own.”