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Google's not bringing its super-fast fiber internet to the UK anytime soon

Jamie Rigg, @jmerigg
July 18, 2014
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Google's only really dipping its toe in the fiber infrastucture racket at the moment, but plans are afoot to slowly expand its Fiber gigabit internet service elsewhere. According to a report from The Telegraph, the search giant is even looking as far afield as the UK, and was discussing the possibility with local network provider CityFibre. Its sources claim CityFibre has since gotten cold feet on the basis it could jeopardize a deal it has with Sky and TalkTalk to bring gigabit internet to parts of York and beyond. While that all sounds plausible and we hate to crush the dreams of speed freaks, Google has told us it's never had any such plans.

"We have informal conversations with other telecom companies all the time. But we've never had any serious planning discussions about bringing Google Fiber to Britain."

We wouldn't expect Google to just up and show its hand if it was thinking about stirring up competition in the UK, but the statement is pretty direct regarding this specific rumor. Established UK broadband providers needn't feel threatened just yet, it seems.

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