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Google Fills Kansas City With Fiber, Congratulates Itself

Google launches its high-speed Internet service in Kansas City on Thursday — or at least it plans to talk about it. It’s an historic moment, if Google does say so itself:

Note that the teaser only focuses on Google’s fiber service, which is supposed to deliver speeds of a gigabit per second. No mention of cable TV, even though lots of folks think Google would like to offer pay TV over the same wires, sooner than later.

And this is a good reminder that when people talk about Google spending time and money on wacky side projects like goofy goggles and robot cars, it would be good to at least mention that the same company is wiring an entire metropolitan area with fiber, just to see what it would be like.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work