[caption id="attachment_31124" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The U.S. ranks 28th in broadband internet access, according to a report released last summer."]The U.S. ranks 28th in broadband internet access, according to a report released last summer.[/caption]

Google Inc. plans to build a handful of experimental, ultra-fast internet networks around the country to ensure that tomorrow's systems can keep up with online video and other advanced applications that the company will want to deliver. The internet search giant’s plans could help rural schools and colleges hoping to expand broadband web access to students and faculty.

The Google project,...

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