Google Suspends Fibre Optic Expansion

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Google has announced it was halting the rollout of its Google Fiber — 1 Gbps fiber optic wireless service, in some markets. The announcement was made by Alphabet, the parent of the internet giants, on Tuesday.

Craig Barratt, head of the Access division supervising the project said work will press ahead in cities where service started or is being developed.

But other possible expansion will be on hold, he said in a note on the company website.

Barratt also announced that he himself will leave his post as the Access chief executive. But he will still play an advisory role.

The company did not immediately say how many jobs would be lost. Technology news site Ars Technica estimates the cuts could amount to nine percent of employees.

Kansas City in 2011 became the first city chosen by the group to test its proposed ultra high-speed Google Fiber internet network. It promised transmission speeds of 100 times that of current networks.

It then expanded to seven other US cities. Installation work is currently underway in four more cities including San Francisco.

A total of eight more cities were being considered as potential candidate. They include San Jose in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Portland and Phoenix.

Though the project is hitting a pause button, Alphabet CEO Larry Page said it does not mean the company wants out of ultra broadband.

“I’m excited about the potential of providing super fast internet to more people,” Page said.


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