Google Fiber is laying off or reassigning about nine percent of its staff as well as “pausing” or ending fiber operations in 10 cities where it hadn’t yet fully committed to building, according to Arstechnica.com.
Google Fiber already offers high-speed internet service in eight metro areas and is still committed to building in another four. The company recently purchased a wireless ISP called Webpass, which offers high-speed wireless internet in six metro areas. According to the Arstechnica, “(Google) seems set on expanding wireless service going forward.”
Quote from Arstechnica:
“Google Fiber apparently has not hit its subscriber goals, and fiber construction is a costly endeavor. 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.”
Google Fiber is already available in these cities
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Kansas City, Kansas
- Salt Lake City
- Triangle area of North Carolina
Google Fiber is still publicly committed to building in these cities
- Huntsville, Ala.
- Irvine, Calif.
- San Antonio
Google Fiber operations will be paused or ended in these cities
- Los Angeles
- Oklahoma City
- San Diego
- San Jose
Google Fiber’s recently purchased Webpass provides fiber-like speeds. However, while the wireless technology is cost-effective for multi-unit residential buildings and businesses, it is not in suburban single-family homes.
Webpass is already available in these cities
- San Diego
- San Francisco