This week’s I, Cringely column, “When Being a Verb is Not Enough: Google wants to be YOUR Internet,” is a must read. While Google’s desire to acquire the dark fiber in the US is fairly well covered in the blogosphere, what they plan on doing with it is subject to a tremendous amount of speculation. While this column certainly continues with speculation to some extent, a few new and significant (to me, anyway) facts are brought to life which begin to paint a very big and interesting picture. From the column:
“…Google will become our phone company, our cable company, our stereo system and our digital video recorder. Soon we won’t be able to live without Google, which will have marginalized the ISPs and assumed most of the market capitalization of all the service providers it has undermined — about $1 trillion in all — which places today’s $500 Google share price about eight times too low.”
Wow. Interesting and a tad bit scary. Use your power for good, my son . . .
Check it out.