Google puts the brakes on Fiber and plans for layoffs

If you’ve been waiting for Google to bring high-speed Internet to your city, don’t hold your breath. Google Fiber is pausing its expansion into new markets, losing its top executive and planning a round of layoffs.

It is the clearest signal yet that the ambitious effort may be on life support. Craig Barratt, the CEO of Access, the division that includes Fiber, announced the changes along with his decision to step down in a blog post late Tuesday.

“In the cities where we’ve launched or are under construction, our work will continue,” Barratt said. But for additional cities that were in talks to receive Google Fiber, “we’re going to pause our operations and offices while we refine our approaches.”

 

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