Google Fiber Switches Gears

Google Fiber Halts Rollout, Top Exec Leaves

Google Fiber is halting its rollout in 10 cities and laying off staff as its chief executive Craig Barratt steps down, dealing a major setback to the Internet giant's ambitions of blanketing the nation in super-speedy Internet. Barratt, CEO of Alphabet's Access division who runs Google Fiber, said in a blog post that he would stay on as an adviser. Fiber is changing its business and product strategy to focus on new technology and deployment methods "to make superfast Internet more abundant than it is today," Barratt said. Cities that have begun to roll out Fiber will continue. But, said Barratt, operations will pause in "potential Fiber cities" where Fiber has been in exploratory discussions. (Source: USA Today)