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Google Fiber Loses Another CEO

July 20, 2017

Alphabet, Inc., Google’s parent company, announced this week that it’s Google Fiber CEO, Gregory McCray, is stepping down. Readers of this blog will remember that Google Fiber lost another CEO last fall and that McCray has been in this position for the less than six months. According to Bloomberg Technology, “the company is looking for …

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Problems For Google Fiber In Charlotte

July 6, 2017

More bad news this week about Google Fiber. In a nearly 2,000-word investigative piece, the Charlotte, N.C. news website Creative Loafing Charlotte says the company’s network in the city hasn’t generated much interest and is behind schedule. And while the company has worked with nonprofits to address the city’s digital divide, officials allegedly spend lavishly …

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With Millions In Pension Debt, Traverse City Considering $16 Million Fiber Network

June 29, 2017

Last week, Michigan Capitol Confidential reported “Traverse City may become the second city in Michigan to own a municipal fiber optic network that sells Internet service to residents.” Traverse City, the Capitol Confidential says, will take this plunge “despite most municipal broadband projects losing big money for taxpayers.” According to the Mackinac Center’s Director of …

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Huntsville Utilities: “We Think We Made The Right Choice”

June 23, 2017

Earlier this month, the price for shares of Alphabet stock hit $1,000. The stock’s price is up more than 25 percent this year. Why does this matter in the debate about municipal broadband?  Because Alphabet owns Google. And Google owns Google Fiber. Google Fiber, as this blog has noted, uses taxpayer money to build high-speed …

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Google Fiber Runs Into Reality—Then Begs For Taxpayer Support

May 4, 2017

Last October, Google Fiber announced that it would to cut nine percent of its staff and reduce the number of cities in which it would build high-speed internet systems. The company acknowledged that it simply had found that it’s very expensive to build gigabit Internet Service Providers (ISPs), even in densely populated areas.  Then-CEO Crag …

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Google “Google Fiber” And What You See Is Failure

March 23, 2017

According to the Digital Policy Institute’s Barry Umansky, if you Google “failed gigabit Internet service,” the first hit you’ll get is a story about … Google Fiber. As this blog has written before, despite receiving millions in taxpayer-financed favors from cities around the country, Google Fiber is struggling and, in a column this week in …

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Google Fiber Continues To Fail Cities

December 13, 2016

The Coalition for the New Economy reported earlier this year that Google Fiber is pulling back its plans to offer high-speed broadband service in several U.S. cities. Now, according to Atlanta Daily World, it also seems that Google Fiber isn’t doing a great job serving the cities where the company remains. In a report last …

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Private Sector Broadband Service Still Plentiful In Palo Alto Despite Google Fiber Exit

October 31, 2016

As the Coalition for the New Economy has reported over the last few months, Google Fiber will scale back its fiber plans in several U.S. cities and cut its own staff. Several cities, including Palo Alto, Calif., where fiber build outs were planned are now dealing with the repercussions of this decision. Thankfully, other internet …

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Google Fiber’s Corporate Welfare Model Is Failing

October 26, 2016

Google Fiber, which has received massive subsidies from city and county governments around the nation and has bought failing taxpayer-funding Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for pennies on the dollar, this week announced that it is cutting staff.  According to Bloomberg, “Craig Barratt, head of the Access unit that includes Google Fiber, is leaving, and about …

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Google Fiber A Cautionary Tale For Municipal Governments

August 18, 2016

Several national news outlets reported this week that Google Fiber, in the words of The Wall Street Journal, “is rethinking its high-speed internet business after initial rollouts proved more expensive and time consuming than anticipated …” Six years after its launch, Google Fiber is available in just six cities. According to Palo Alto, Calif. Chief …

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