As Google Fiber scales back, company insists Atlanta will be unaffected

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 26, 2016
Photo provided by Google

Photo provided by Google

Google Fiber is cutting its staff by 9 percent, its CEO is leaving and will halt expansion into 10 cities around the country.

But according to a company spokesperson, Fiber is still firmly committed to Atlanta.

“Google Fiber isn’t leaving Atlanta,” a spokesperson told Decaturish. “We’re still thrilled to be your neighbor and continue to offer superfast Internet to residents.”

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According to Ars Technica, the company will halt its roll out in Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Fla., Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., San Diego, San Jose and Tampa.

“Google Fiber apparently has not hit its subscriber goals, and fiber construction is a costly endeavor,” Ars Technica reports. “While the company isn’t giving up on fiber entirely, it may be able to deploy Internet service at a lower cost using wireless technology.”

To read the full report from Ars Technica, click here.

The company announced some of the moves in a blog post.

“These changes to our business and technology will have some immediate implications. Some of our efforts will remain unchanged, but others will be impacted. In terms of our existing footprint, in the cities where we’ve launched or are under construction, our work will continue,” CEO Craig Barratt wrote. “For most of our ‘potential Fiber cities‘ — those where we’ve been in exploratory discussions — we’re going to pause our operations and offices while we refine our approaches.”

On Aug. 9, Google announced that Fiber is available in some parts of Atlanta and it has been available in some apartment buildings. The company gave no dates for when Fiber service will be available in other cities like Decatur and Avondale Estates.

Google Fiber confirmed its expansion to the Atlanta market in January 2015. At the time, company representatives said the build out would take two years.

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Dan Whisenhunt is editor and publisher of Decaturish.com. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danwhisenhunt

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