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Google And Dark Fiber

January 18th, 2005 · No Comments

According to this article, Google is looking for a job candidate that include the following duties:

“Identification, selection, and negotiation of dark fiber contracts both in metropolitan areas and over long distances as part of development of a global backbone network; contracts and negotiation for managed metropolitan services and long haul wavelength services to fulfill capacity and redundancy requirements in North America, Latin America, Asia, and Europe”

If my neighborhood is any indication of why there is dark fiber laying all around then Google might not want anything to do with it. Apparently FCI Broadband (also known as Futureway Communications) was not able to get fiber working in this subdivsion (likely not anywhere else either). So it sits there dark as can be in the ground all the way to my house. I doubt it will ever be lit unless someone drops a bucket load of money on it to make it work.

Then again, maybe we need Google to frighten the heck out of the telecom providers into actually making this stuff work.

I know Google isn't looking to light up the last mile but I just thought I should point out an instance of dark fiber that will likely go nowhere.

Note: FCI Broadband (Futureway Communications) provides the really lousy infrastructure for the cable company in this area ( Rogers Cable Internet ).

Category: General · Rogers Cable Internet


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