Google taps networking expert Medin to build out fiber network

As Google moves ever closer to its fiber-optic network plans, it has hired networking engineer Milo Medin to oversee its rollout. Medin is widely viewed as an expert in Internet networking, and is credited with pushing TCP/IP in the 1980s as a standard for Internet connectivity.

Medin will manage the fiber team and serve as vice president of access services. Google said in February that it planned to build its own fiber network. Hundreds of communities nationwide have vied to be the location where the planned 1 gigabit network will be built -- Google says it will announce a winner early next year.

"Over the past several months I've been following the progress the [fiber] team has already made--from experimenting with new fiber deployment technologies here on Google's campus, to announcing a 'beta' network to 850 homes at Stanford--and I'm excited for us to bring our ultra high-speed network to a community," he said.

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Medin apologized for the delay in the announcement of the winning location(s), but stressed the company wanted to "get this right" and that it would have a decision as soon as it was comfortable making one.

In addition to his work with TCP/IP, Medin also helped start early high-speed access provider At Home. At Home would later merge with Excite in 1999, although it became a victim of the Internet bubble burst, and folded in 2001 after failing to reach key agreements with telecommunications providers.

More recently, Medin has ran M2Z Networks, an effort to bring free, nationwide wireless broadband service to US residents. It was not clear what role Medin would maintain with the company, if any. M2Z's website, however, is apparently down -- with its hosting account "suspended" according to a message on its site.

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