Google Fiber pauses its rollout of 1Gbps Internet access in the US

by John Smith | October 26, 2016 9:32 AM

A few years ago, Google Fiber officially launched to the public, in the hope that it provides broadband Internet to many cities across the US. Earlier this year, Google announced that it was partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to install 1 Gbps fiber service to many regions in the US.

Google has today decided to pause its ambitious expansion plans. However, Google will continue to offer internet access and cable television in its existing supported cities or cities where the service is in the middle of construction. Besides, Google announced that it paused the company’s operations and offices in the cities that were previously planned for the service.

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With the pause that is now official, some of Google’s employees in these offices will be laid off,  and Google declined to offer a specific number, but it said that Craig Barratt, the CEO of Access, will be leaving the project and he will retain his position an advisor to Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Google’s decision to pause its fiber offer may disappoint many users in the US, as about one in four U.S. households still does not have access to broadband Internet. Back in February, the residents of Kansas City, one of the Google’s pioneering cities, were the first to receive free superfast Internet.

According to Google, Google Fiber has been working on a new technology and deployment methods to make superfast internet available for all US households and more abundant. According to sources, Google may be developing a high-speed wireless technology from Webpass, gigabit internet provider acquired by Google with the promise of expanding its superfast internet for customers across the US.

Also read: Google announced pixel phones[2]

For those who don’t know, Webpass was founded in 2003 with the aim of providing Ethernet-based fiber connections. Webpass is now active in five cities including the San Francisco Bay Area that was previously considered for Google’s continued expansion. Noticeably, a high-speed wireless technology could offer the same 1Gbps speeds at very cheap rates.

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  2. Google announced pixel phones: https://technorumors.com/google-announced-pixel-phones-ready-to-take-on-apple-iphone-7/

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