Growing Google

From the Financial Post, Google: You ain't seen nothin' yet

...Google is interested in so much more than that. It has reportedly approached the Federal Communications Commission recently about obtaining wireless spectrum...

Google Inc. has been putting together a massive cable network to provide customers around the world with telecommunications services ranging from broadband Internet to home and mobile phones...

For at least the past three years, the company has been buying up swaths of unused fibre-optic cable -- so-called "dark fibre" -- around the world...

The company is estimated to have between 40 and 70 data centres filled to the brim with computing and storage power, with at least five new facilities under construction in the United States alone. By comparison, Canada's second-largest telephone company Telus Corp., has eight...

recent reported moves have been even more indicative of its move into telecommunications. Rumours surfaced this week that the company is looking to buy GrandCentral Communications, a Web startup that allows users to consolidate their different home, work and mobile phone numbers into one through an Internet application...

Google may not want to be a phone company per se, Mr. Surtees says, but the old definition of what a phone company is no longer applies. Just as Google redefined search and advertising, so too is the company changing the definition of telecommunications.

This makes questioning Google's foreign policy a bit more interesting.

(h/t KurzweilAI.net)