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Google launches fibre optics network

Google is taking search to a new level with the introduction of its new fibre-optic cable which the company hopes will lead to higher internet speed and the end of DSL connections.

The tech giant's Google Fibre project has been approved by regulators from the Missouri Public Service Commission and Kansas Corporation Commission.

Writing on the Google Fiber Blog, Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Access, said that the high-speed internet connection is ready to go.

"We've measured utility poles, we've studied maps and surveyed neighbourhoods, we've come up with a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans and we’ve eaten way too much barbecue. Now, starting today, we're ready to lay fibre."

The company is stretching "thousands of miles of cables" across Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

They are also giving residents a lesson in new communication technology, with blog updates explaining the finer details of fibre optics – fine glass fibres that are roughly the width of human hair.

"We'll be taking these cables and weaving them into a fiber backbone – a completely new high speed infrastructure that will ultimately be carrying Kansas Citians' data at speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today."

The fibre infrastructure will also be extended to television – effectively pitting the company against industry heavyweight Time Warner Cable – with the launch of a still experimental pay-TV program.

Google is reported to have been in talks with a number of unique content producers about rights to different television series, as well as heavily investing in its YouTube service that is built on a self publishing media platform.

Posted by Aimee McBride