Google Fiber is expanding its' reach, after penning a deal to buy ISP Webpass, a thirteen year old firm that provides fast web connections to businesses and individuals throughout areas of America.
Google Fiber is owned by Alphabet and based in five American cities, however it intends to expand to over twenty in the near future. One city which has been targeted by Google Fiber is San Francisco, and this purchase will facilitate that move. Webpass is well established in California, because it has services operating in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Diego and Emeryville. In addition, it is present in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Miami, Boston and Chicago.
Webpass emailed its' current customers to announce the deal - which is predicted to complete over the summer. The email said that the normal daily operation of the service, and the prices, will remain the same for the foreseeable future.
bpass President, Charles Barr, elaborated further. He said that partnering with Google Fiber is good news for Webpass customers, because the firms share common goals for the future and dedication to customer needs. He claimed that the resources Google Fiber has at its' disposal will allow Webpass to expand quicker, and serve more customers than would be possible if Webpass remained independent.
Webpass runs its' own private gigabit network and, apart from promoting Google Fiber's network, Webpass will help Google enter the residential and business markets, where competing with incumbent and established brands is a big challenge.
Google Fiber expands with acquisition of Webpass (CNET Update)