Google Fiber Ceases Rollout to All Cities, Lays Off 9% of Employees

Google Fiber Ceases Rollout to All Cities, Lays Off 9% of Employees

Remember when Google Fiber was coming to a city near you? Remember when it went to places like Kansas City and everyone got excited for when it would come to cities like Seattle?

Well, those times are gone: Google announced that it was pausing its Fiber operations in ten cities, while remaining in all cities with existing Fiber infrastructure. Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is ceasing all further rollouts of Google Fiber for now.

At the same time, according to ArsTechnica, Google Fiber has laid off 9% of its team.

Google Fiber, as you may know, is Google’s high speed 1Gbit fiber optic internet service. While some companies have eagerly embraced the future of high internet speeds, many customers across America continue to pay high rates for low internet speeds. Google Fiber was viewed as a harbinger of a new future where customers paid low rates for the highest possible internet speeds. It was a service desperately needed – and demanded – across America.

Unfortunately for many customers in America, the news will prevent Fiber from rolling out to a number of previously announced cities. Google is halting operations in all the following cities, which is why 9% of the company’s team is being laid off:

-Chicago, Illinois

-Dallas, Texas

-Jacksonville, Florida

-Los Angeles, California

-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

-Portland, Oregon

-Phoenix, Arizona

-San Diego, California

-San Jose, California

-Tampa, Florida

Why is Google Fiber Pausing Operations?

So why, exactly, is one of America’s most-desired internet services suddenly stopping its rollout? Back in August, Alphabet CEO Larry Page told Google Access CEO Craig Barratt to cut his staff in half because Google wanted to shift its focus to wireless technology.

As part of the recent announcement, Barratt is also stepping down as CEO as Google Access.

In any case, it looks like Google Fiber is going to have the same fate as Verizon’s FiOS service, which fizzled before it ever really got started.

Still, if Google can bring similar speeds to wireless internet in the future, then we’ll buy whatever internet Google is selling – wired or not.

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