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Raleigh Area Underwhelmed With Google Fiber

October 26, 2017

ABC 11 in Raleigh, N.C. recently sent reporter Jon Camp to examine whether taxpayer-subsidized Google Fiber had made any progress bringing high-speed broadband to the city and its surrounding areas. Google Fiber announced its entry into the Raleigh market in January 2015 with the help of the former governor and seven mayors. At the time, …

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Google Fiber No Longer Seeking Permits In Atlanta Suburb

September 21, 2017

Another week … Another bad news day for Google Fiber. According to Reporter Newspapers, the company’s rollout in the Atlanta, Ga. metro area has “significantly stalled.” In fact, a Google Fiber spokesperson confirmed that service is available in only 100 residential buildings. As the Atlanta Business Chronicle notes, Google Fiber originally had hoped to serve …

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Google Fiber Service In Kansas City Up In The Air

September 5, 2017

As this blog has reported, amidst revenue declines and CEO troubles, Google Fiber has pulled back on plans to invest in fiber networks in several U.S. cities. Originally, analysts and reporters believed that cities that already had Google Fiber service wouldn’t suffer. It’s now clear that’s not true, including in Google Fiber’s inaugural venue, Kansas …

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Taxpayers: Millions In Subsidies & All Google Fiber Gave Us Was This Lousy T-Shirt

July 25, 2017

Alphabet, the parent company of Google and Google Fiber, announced its second quarter earnings results earlier this week. While the company’s profits were lower than expected due to a big antitrust-related fine from the European Union, the company is still doing very well. As The New York Times said, Alphabet’s growth rate “is rarely seen …

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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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