Sonic.net — a well-known, albeit small, independent ISP based in Santa Rosa, Calif. — is going to operate the trial fiber-to-the-home network to be built by Google (s GOOG) on the Stanford University Campus. The network, whose construction is going to start in early 2011, will provide gigabit speeds to nearly 850 faculty and staff owned homes on the Stanford campus.
As part of the contract, Sonic.net will “manage operation of the network, provide customer service and support and perform on-site installation and repair,” the company said. Sonic.net is also building its own FTTH network in Sebastopol, Calif., even though it has been selling DSL-based access for a long time. In addition to the Stanford trial network, Google is still working on selecting a community for its much-awaited Google’s Fiber for Communities project.
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