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Google Fiber buys San Francisco ISP Webpass

Google FiberGoogle Fiber has agreed to buy San Francisco-based internet service provider, Webpass.

Confirming the deal, Webpass said it will remain focused on rapid deployment of high-speed Internet connections for residential and commercial buildings, primarily using point-to-point wireless.

“By joining forces, we can accelerate the deployment of superfast Internet connections for customers across the US,” said Webpass president, Charles Barr, claiming the company has a shared vision with Google Fiber.

“Google Fiber’s resources will enable Webpass to grow faster and reach many more customers than we could as a standalone company.”

Barr founded Webpass 13 years ago and the company now claims tens of thousands of customers across San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Miami, Chicago, and Boston.

Google announced in February that it will roll out its Google Fiber broadband service to some apartments, condos, and affordable housing properties in San Francisco using existing fibre infrastructure.

In the same week Google also said it was launching Google Fiber in Huntsville, Alabama using part of the fibre network being built by local gas, water and electricity supplier Huntsville Utilities.

Google launched its Fiber initiative six years ago in Kansas City and has now connected cities across the country.

The Webpass deal was agreed for undisclosed terms and is expected to close this summer, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.