Is Time Warner Cable Asking Employees To Spy on Google?

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July 13 2012 1:50 PM

Is Time Warner Cable Asking Employees To Spy on Google?

Ahh, the thrilling spy games of giant tech and media companies!

It seems not everyone is excited about the prospect of Google Fiber, the Gigabit fiber network being rolled out in Kansas City as an experiment in ultra fast Internet. According to GigaOM, Time Warner Cable is promising its Kansas City employees $50 to spy on Google, to "share tips, rumors and rumblings about Google construction or launch activity."

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Is Time Warner asking its employees to spy on Google's Kansas City high speed Internet project?

Photo by HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images

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Google hopes to provide the city with a 1Gbs network, promising speeds 100 times faster than current broadband access. Will Time Warner learn anything that can help their business? If they're as terrible at spying as they are as they apparently are at providing cable service, Google should have no problems.

Video by Jim Festante.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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