Google Fiber Halts Expansion Plans In 10 Cities As Jobs Cuts Loom With A Shift In Focus To Wireless Deployments
What this all means to you depends on where you live. Google isn't completely abandoning its Fiber service. In the eight metro areas where Google Fiber already exists, the service will continue to be offered and supported. Google will also proceed with plans to expand in four additional areas that it previously committed to. However, there are 10 other locations that Google identified as "potential" Fiber cities and those are the ones being put on pause. They include:
- Chicago, Illinois
- Dallas, Texas
- Jacksonville, Florida
- Los Angeles, California
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Portland, Oregon
- San Diego, California
- San Jose, California
- Tampa, Florida
Barratt, who is also an Alphabet senior vice president, further noted that he is stepping down as CEO of Google Fiber, but will remain on as an advisor. No replacement has been named.
"At Google Fiber we’re particularly excited about Webpass’ application of point-to-point wireless deployment methodology. As we’ve said, our strategy going forward will be a hybrid approach with wireless playing an integral part. Webpass has proven that point-to-point wireless is a reliable way to connect more people to high-speed Internet in a densely populated environment, by setting up wireless transmission links between buildings," Google said at the time.
While Barratt didn't come right out and say that Google is shifting its focus to wireless deployment, he did bring up a change in business strategy, and this seems like the logical path.