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Google has announced that its 1Gb/s Fibre broadband service will be delayed until 2011.

The project is going full steam ahead, according to Google, but it revealed that the level of interest in its service was far greater than expected and that it needs more time to choose the communities it will be initially launching in.

Close to 1,100 communities expressed interest in Google Fibre, but when Google made its announcement in October it suggested it could cater for between 50,000 and 500,000 people. While Google has not revealed exactly how many people are in these 1,100 communities, it's likely to be larger, explaining the delayed selection process which was supposed to have completed by the end of this year.

The 1Gb/s speed is at least 100 times faster than what most people have access to and significantly better than the UK's paltry attempt to get 2Mb/s speeds for everyone in the region.

Google is also bringing on an internet networking “guru”, Milo Medin, a Silicon Valley engineer who played a pivotal part in promoting the early internet, particularly with the founding of internet service At Home, which aimed to be 100 times faster than competitors at the time. He will take the post of Vice President of Access Services and will manage the Google Fibre team

Google apologised for the delay and said that an announcement relating to Google Fibre will come in early 2011.