critical reading for the rude

grisly google speculation & dark fiber

From National Post:

…Google’s plan has been underway for some time and is now gaining momentum. For at least the past three years, the company has been buying up swaths of unused fibre-optic cable — so-called “dark fibre” — around the world. Telephone and cable companies overbuilt these lines, which form the basis of the Internet, during the tech boom in the early part of this decade and Google has been only too happy to take the unused infrastructure off their hands.

The company is secretive about exactly how much fibre it owns, saying only that the cables are needed to connect its data and storage facilities, which power its various search and Internet services. Experts, however, estimate the company has far more fibre than it needs for such purposes.

A day old and already dated — Google’s got GrandCentral… Anybody been reading Jeanneney lately?  Any of you folks at Google into it?  Been reading your Borges, I hope?  Anybody?  Listening to that R.E.M. and their rock -n- roll songs?  Okay.


July 4, 2007 - Posted by | blogs, info sci, search


  1. Have you read Dave Carpe’s theory in Passing Notes “Truemor: What Google is REALLY planning to do for 2008”
    that Google is planning to launch the world’s largest social networking application within 12-18 months on its own?

    Comment by Deb Liptak | July 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hey Deb — That’s good speculation, that is. /post/

    Comment by woody3 | July 5, 2007 | Reply

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