Despite Google still making waves in the ISP market, it looks like those waves will begin to settle as the company has hit pause on the roll out of Google Fiber, a service which has been slowly rolling out in certain US cities offering speeds 100 times more than current ISPs in the area.
Google Fiber has been gradually rolling out for some time in certain US metro areas such as Chicago, San Francisco, Irvine, Huntsville and San Antonio. It also had plans to roll out to certain places such as Dallas, Portland, Tampa and San Diego on the road map. Now however it seems those plans have halted as Access, the Alphabet Internet division which contains Google Fiber will be laying off employees and find a replacement for its CEO as it looks to find cheaper ways to deliver fast Internet to new cities.
Current CEO, Craig Barratt, announced in a blog post that he’d be staying with the company but only in an advisory role. He also didn’t reveal how many employees would be facing the chop, but Ars Technica is reporting that around 9 percent of the staff have been let go.
Ultimately, according to Barrat, Access is “going to pause” operations in the cities it planned to roll Google Fiber out to “while we refine our approaches.”
Those employees, the blog post indicates, will come from local offices in cities where Access was hoping to set up Fiber internet service. Barratt says that Access is “going to pause” operations in all of those cities “while we refine our approaches.”
Access may come back to those places in the future, but it won’t be until its refined its process of rolling out Internet to these locations. That process, could be wireless. Access recently acquired Internet provider Webpass in June, which offers technology to deploy over-the-air gigabit Internet to homes.
This, in theory, would offer a similar service to Fiber but without the need to install costly lines and other networking infrastructures.