Lots of articles about Google's plans to offer ultrahigh-speed broadband access in selected communities. Here is one.
The consensus seems to be that Google doesn't plan to spend a lot of money, but instead wants to force others to spend a lot of money to improve broadband internet access nationwide. Which would be good for Google.
It will be interesting to see what other things Google does to maximize its return on investment here. One modest prediction: Google will focus its new effort on states like Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, low-population density states which are not well served by existing broadband. More importantly, however, they have more United States senators per capita than other states, so a dollar spent on a politically popular effort would go further there.