GoogleNet Meme May Hold Water

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Get Ready for GoogleNet
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A speculative post about Google's plans for it's dark fiber network is picking up speed and, reading it, seems quite plausible. Will Google become the Uber-ISP?

What if Google wanted to give Wi-Fi access to everyone in America? And what if it had technology capable of targeting advertising to a user’s precise location? The gatekeeper of the world’s information could become one of the globe’s biggest Internet providers and one of its most powerful ad sellers, basically supplanting telecoms in one fell swoop

The Business2 article goes on to detail some convincing facts to back up it's speculation:

For the past year, it has quietly been shopping for miles and miles of "dark," or unused, fiber-optic cable across the country from wholesalers such as New York’s AboveNet. It's also acquiring superfast connections from Cogent Communications and WilTel, among others, between East Coast cities including Atlanta, Miami, and New York. Such large-scale purchases are unprecedented for an Internet company, but Google's timing is impeccable

Heaven help us all...


only the names change

While I agree that we don't want too much power in any one company's hands, it's hardly as if today's phone/ISP/telecom companies are palsied, peg-legged orphans queued up for a bowl of rotting gruel. At least Google invites me to a dance once a year - more than Comcast or SBC has ever done...

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