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Google Fiber slows its roll out in the Atlanta market

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Google Fiber slows its roll out in the Atlanta market

The setup at the Google Fiber "Fiber Space" at Ponce City Market. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The setup at the Google Fiber “Fiber Space” at Ponce City Market. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Google Fiber’s internet may be fast, but the process of making it available to Atlanta customers has slowed considerably.

Reporter Newspapers recently noted that the roll out had stalled in places like Sandy Springs and Brookhaven.

“Google Fiber is currently available in over 100 residential buildings in the metro Atlanta area and in several neighborhoods in the center of the city. We’re working hard to connect as many people as possible, and encourage people to sign up for updates on our website,” a Google Fiber told Reporter Newspapers.

The newspaper said permitting in Sandy Springs stopped six months ago and Brookhaven officials are not sure when residents will be able to sign up for it. To read the full story, click here.

Decatur and Avondale Estates officials aren’t sure when the service will be available here, either. The service is available in some parts of Atlanta, but it has yet to reach the wider market.

Avondale Estates City Manager Clai Brown said, “In February 2017 Google stated they were going to complete the installation and get the City of Atlanta on-line first before they start any other city in the Metro Atlanta area.”

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said the company has assured city leaders that Google is “committed to providing service to Decatur.”

“Google realized the original implementation plan was not working so they took a step back and put a pause on their construction,” Merriss said. “City development staff met with Google reps a few months ago for a project status conference and to discuss construction techniques that were less invasive to the city’s existing infrastructure. Our staff is following up with Google to schedule a project status update. At this point we do not have a timeline for project implementation.”

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.

Since the announcement, hundreds of Google Fiber employees have been reassigned and  the company halted expansion into 10 cities around the country. Google Fiber’s CEO also stepped down five months after being selected to lead the company’s fiber internet division.

Decaturish checked in with Google last month, and a spokesperson didn’t have any updates.

“Atlantans can still visit https://fiber.google.com/cities/atlanta/, enter their address and see if they can sign up for Google Fiber,” the spokesperson said. “If it’s not available for them today, they can enter their email address to be notified once Google Fiber is available in their neighborhood.”

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