Google Fiber

Google Fiber Internet Services LLC[1]
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Area served 9 areas across the contiguous United States
Owner Google (2010–2015)
Alphabet Inc. (2015–present)
Industry Multiple-system operator
Products Broadband Internet
VoIP telephone
Slogan(s) "A different kind of Internet and TV"
Launched February 10, 2010; 8 years ago (2010-02-10)
Current status Active

Google Fiber is part of the Access division of Alphabet Inc.[2] It provides fiber-to-the-premises service in the United States, providing broadband Internet and IPTV to a small and slowly increasing number of locations.[3] In mid-2016, Google Fiber had 68,715 television subscribers and was estimated to have about 453,000 broadband customers.[4]

The service was first introduced to the Kansas City metropolitan area,[5] including 20 Kansas City area suburbs within the first 3 years. Initially proposed as an experimental project,[6] Google Fiber was announced as a viable business model on December 12, 2012, when Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt stated "It's actually not an experiment, we're actually running it as a business," at the New York Times' DealBook Conference.[7]

Google Fiber announced expansion to Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, in April 2013, and subsequent expansions in 2014 and 2015 to Atlanta, Charlotte, the Triangle, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and San Antonio.[8]

On August 10, 2015, Google announced its intention to restructure the company moving less central services and products into a new umbrella corporation, Alphabet Inc. As part of this restructuring plan, Google Fiber would become a subsidiary of Alphabet and may become part of the Access and Energy business unit.[9] In October 2016, all expansion plans were put on hold and some jobs were cut.[10] Google Fiber will continue to provide service in the cities where it is already installed.

  1. ^ "Alphabet Finishes Reorganization With New XXVI Company". September 1, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2018 – via 
  2. ^ Wakabayashi, Daisuke (October 25, 2016). "Google Curbs Expansion of Fiber Optic Network, Cutting Jobs". The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ Helft, Miguel (March 21, 2010). "Hoping for Gift From Google? Go Jump in the Lake". The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ Baumgartner, Jeff (September 9, 2016). "Google Fiber 'Very Pleased' with TV Sign-Ups". Multichannel News. NewBay Media. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  5. ^ Medin, Milo (March 30, 2011). "Ultra high-speed broadband is coming to Kansas City, Kansas". Official Google Blog. Google. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  6. ^ Ingersoll, Minnie; Kelly, James (February 10, 2010). "Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network". Official Google Blog. Google. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  7. ^ Copeland, Michael V. (December 12, 2012). "Eric Schmidt Says Google Fiber Won't Stop With Kansas City". Wired. Condé Nast. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  8. ^ Brodkin, Jon (August 5, 2015). "Google Fiber plans service in San Antonio, its biggest city yet". Ars Technica. Condé Nast. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ Bergen, Mark (November 30, 2015). "Meet Access, the Google Unit That's Taking On Comcast and the Rest of the Cable Biz". Recode. Vox Media. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference Pause was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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