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Google, Facebook Move To Control Internet Backbone

The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook, Google, Amazon and Microsoft have been slowly buying up portions of the Internet infrastructure that allows people to surf the Web and companies to serve ads. This means bringing online new underground cables and long-term leasing agreements for dark fiber to build their own networking hardware. Drew Fitzgerald cites one source that says Google pieced together, and now controls, 100,000 miles of routes and fiber-optic cable worldwide. Thanks to Gizmodo for pointing out the story.

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