Google Fiber bailing out of Louisville

Google Fiber (NASDAQ:GOOG) will be shutting down its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Louisville, KY, on April 15, citing cost-prohibitive ...

Google Fiber (NASDAQ:GOOG) will be shutting down its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Louisville, KY, on April 15, citing cost-prohibitive network problems.

The company said the decision has no impact on operations in any of its other Fiber cities.

Google Fiber trialed micro-trenching in Louisville, placing fiber in much shallower trenches than it has done elsewhere. The construction method has been disruptive to residents and caused service issues for Google Fiber customers.

In an unsigned blog post, the company said: "We're not living up to the high standards we set for ourselves, or the standards we've demonstrated in other Fiber cities. We would need to essentially rebuild our entire network in Louisville to provide the great service that Google Fiber is known for, and that's just not the right business decision for us."

Google Fiber began construction in Louisville in May 2017 and started customer signups in October 2017. Also in October 2017, the company said it wouldn't be offering video services in its new deployments, focusing instead on high-speed Internet only.

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