Google Fiber safe in Atlanta, despite downsizing of business

Despite reports Google is downsizing the staff at its high-speed Google Fiber business, a spokesman for the company said Wednesday that won’t impact the rollout of the product in Atlanta.

“Google Fiber is here to stay in Atlanta,” the spokesman said in a statement. “We’ll continue to serve our customers with the same great service they’ve come to expect from us. We’re currently offering service to many buildings in downtown Atlanta and will continue to connect apartments and condos along existing infrastructure.”

Multiple reports Wednesday said Access, the arm of Google’s parent company Alphabet that oversees Google Fiber, was transfering hundreds of Google Fiber workers to other divisions within the Internet giant. Simultaneously the company announced it had appointed broadband executive Gregory McCray as the new leader of Google Fiber.

That news, however, did not end questions about Alphabet’s commitment to Google Fiber as the company struggles to build the system out because of the high cost of fiber installation. 

In September, Google Fiber announced it was putting the brakes on new expansions and refocusing on wireless innovations to bring high-speed Internet to consumers. Then in October, the company laid off more than 100 workers.

Recent reports by Bloomberg have suggested that Alphabet might sell off the fiber business altogether. 

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