February 27, 2007

When Being a Verb is Not Enough: Google wants to be YOUR Internet.

"I spoke recently with an old friend who is a bandwidth broker. He buys and sells bandwidth on fiber-optic networks around the world. And he told me something that I found not completely surprising, but I certainly hadn't known: Google controls more network fiber than any other organization. This is not to say that Google OWNS all that fiber, just that they control it through agreements with network operators. I find two very interesting aspects to this story: 1) that Google has acquired -- or even needs to acquire -- so much bandwidth, and; 2) that they don't own it, since probably the cheapest way to pick up that volume of fiber would be to simply buy out any number of backbone providers like Level 3 Communications."
I, Cringely . The Pulpit . When Being a Verb is Not Enough | PBS Posted by Martin Sewell at February 27, 2007 11:11 AM