Google’s much-coveted, super-high-speed broadband service, Fiber, won’t be setting internet speeds ablaze in Chicago anytime soon. Google Fiber CEO Craig Barrett announced his resignation on Tuesday and, with it, a major dialing back of Fiber’s planned development and a “pause” of operations in possible Fiber locations, including Chicago.
“For most of our “potential Fiber cities” — those where we’ve been in exploratory discussions — we’re going to pause our operations and offices while we refine our approaches,” Barrett said in a blog post. “We’re ever grateful to these cities for their ongoing partnership and patience, and we’re confident we’ll have an opportunity to resume our partnership discussions once we’ve advanced our technologies and solutions.”
“Installation was far too time consuming and expensive,” Kamalini Ganguly, an analyst at IT consultancy Ovum, told the BBC
. “Fibre is the most expensive option when it comes to mainstream broadband access technology. I think in the future we may see Google use a wireless solution that doesn’t take fibre all the way to the home. We’ll see a combination of technologies.”
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BBC News: Google Fiber broadband plan scaled back