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Google Fiber reaffirms commitment to Atlanta despite staffing changes

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Google Fiber reaffirms commitment to Atlanta despite staffing changes

Photo provided by Google

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This story has been updated. 

Google Fiber is reallocating hundreds of employees and has hired Gregory McCray to lead the company’s fiber internet division, according to Business Insider.

A spokesperson for Google Fiber said nothing has changed regarding the company’s plans for metro Atlanta, but confirmed the company is slowing down construction here.

“Google Fiber is here to stay in Atlanta,” the spokesperson said. “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.”

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Last year, Google announced that Fiber is available in some parts of Atlanta and it has been available in some apartment buildings in the metro area.

The company hasn’t said when Fiber service will be widely available in the Atlanta market.

“Google Fiber remains focused on our customers and cities,” the spokesperson said Wednesday when asked about Google Fiber’s plans. “We want to bring Google Fiber to customers faster, so we’re focused on making deployment more efficient and less intrusive.”

Decaturish asked when single family residential customers in Avondale Estates, Decatur and Kirkwood could expect to be able to connect to Google Fiber. The company did not give a direct answer to that question.

“For now, in order to focus our efforts and resources, we’ll be slowing construction until we can layer in the new deployment models we’re developing,” the spokesperson said.

Google Fiber confirmed its expansion to the Atlanta market in January 2015. At the time, company representatives said the build out would take two years.

Business Insider reports hundreds of employees in the Fiber division will be moved to other positions within the larger company, saying there will be no layoffs. The previous CEO of Access, which includes the Google Fiber division, stepped down in October and the company halted expansion into 10 cities around the country.

To read the full story from Business Insider, click here.

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