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Google is scaling back its planned expansion of Fiber

The project's chief is stepping down from the ambitious — and expensive — program


Brandon Bailey
October 26, 2016 9:55PM (UTC)

SAN FRANCISCO  — Google's parent company is halting operations and laying off staff in a number of cities where it once hoped to bring high-speed internet access by installing new fiber-optic networks.

The company also announced that Craig Barratt, a veteran tech executive who led the ambitious — and expensive — Google Fiber program, is stepping down.

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In a statement, Barratt said Google Fiber will continue to provide service in a handful of cities where it's already operating. But it will put further plans on hold in at least eight more metropolitan areas where it's been holding exploratory talks with local officials. Those include Dallas; Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles; Oklahoma City; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; and San Jose, California.

Barratt didn't say how many jobs will be cut.


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