Google Fibre acquires wireless ISP Webpass

June 24, 2016 // 1:17 p.m.

Tags: #broadband #charles-barr #fibre-optic #google-fibre #point-to-point #webpass #wireless

Advertising giant Google is continuing its assault on the internet service provision market, buying wireless broadband specialist Webpass to bolster its own Google Fibre service.

With the majority of internet-connected westerners already using Google's various advertising-supported services, the company has been looking in the obvious direction for expansion: providing disconnected types with connectivity. Google Fibre is a major part of this effort but one which thus far the company has been expanding extremely slowly, city by city.

Now, the company has splashed out on Webpass, a San Francisco ISP which provides business and residential connectivity using point-to-point wireless links from building rooftops - suggesting Google is looking to adopt the same technology to assist it in branching Google Fibre out to more customers without the expense of digging quite as many trenches and laying quite as much fibre.

'By joining forces, we can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the U.S.,' claimed Webpass president Charles Barr of the deal. 'Webpass will remain focused on rapid deployment of high speed Internet connections for residential and commercial buildings, primarily using point to point wireless. The transaction is expected to close this summer, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.'

Financial terms of the acquisition have not yet been made public.
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