Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. has decided to halt its ambitious project to bring high-speed internet to some cities. The Google Fiber program hit a roadblock after the CEO of Access, a tech veteran Craig Barratt who had been associated with the project from past 5 years, stepped down from his position.
Although Google Fiber project will continue to offer services in the countries where it’s operating already and will put on hold its expansion plans in eight metropolitan cities. These include Tampa, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, San Jose, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, and Ore. The cities were the Google Fiber project will continue include Nashville, Salt Lake City, and Atlanta.
Barratt released a statement saying, “Google Fiber will continue in Charlotte and Morrisville and in fact, we’re still on track to start accepting signups in 6 other cities throughout the Triangle aligned with our plan.” He further said in his blog post, “We have refined our plan going forward to achieve these objectives. It entails us making changes to focus our business and product strategy. Importantly, the plan enhances our focus on new technology and deployment methods to make superfast Internet more abundant than it is today.”