Tech giants invest heavily in Internet infrastructure

|By:, SA News Editor

Looking to limit costs, improve performance, and guarantee capacity and performance, Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB) and other tech giants have been investing much time and money in Internet infrastructure.

This includes helping to fund submarine and underground cables, leasing "dark fiber" (unused optical fiber), and building their own networking hardware.

Google now controls over 100,000 miles of cable around the world, well above Sprint's network of under 40,000 miles.

Amazon (AMZN) and Microsoft (MSFT) have also been investing heavily in Internet infrastructure as they look to support their cloud-computing services.

However, the telecom carriers aren't happy, fearing that they'll be reduced to providing "dumb pipes" and being, in the words of Windstream (WIN) CEO Jeff Gardner, "just a construction company."