Louisville waits as Google Fiber pumps the brakes on service expansion

Louisville waits as Google Fiber pumps the brakes on service expansion
Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted this statement from Google Fiber on Tuesday, after the company announced a "pause" in its service expansion. (Source: Twitter/@louisvillemayor)
Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted this statement from Google Fiber on Tuesday, after the company announced a "pause" in its service expansion. (Source: Twitter/@louisvillemayor)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The expansion of Google's high-speed Fiber internet service has been postponed by the company, potentially setting up a major delay in service to Louisville.

The "pause" as it's being called, was announced by Google Fiber in a blog post on Tuesday. Craig Barret, Senior Vice President of Google Fiber's parent company, Alphabet, said they are halting operations and offices in potential Fiber cities while the company makes changes to its business and product strategy.

In February, the Metro Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would make it easier for Google Fiber to install its own lines on existing poles, allowing workers to move other companies' lines.

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Time Warner and At&T expressed several concerns with the ordinance, saying it would raise issues with workers unions and potentially cause outages for customers.

On the other hand, local technology companies have been pushing for Google Fiber in Louisville, in hopes that increased competition would provide lower service costs.

Barret said he expects to resume talks with potential Fiber cities once the company has advanced its technologies and solutions. He did not give an estimated time frame for when those discussions would pick back up.

Mayor Greg Fischer tweeted Tuesday night, saying "We are continuing our work with @googlefiber. Tonight's announcement by Google does not impact Louisville."

A subsequent tweet from Fischer about an hour later included a statement he said was from Google Fiber. It read, "We continue to explore Google Fiber in Louisville. We've made great progress working with the city and are excite to find innovative new ways to deploy super fast internet, as enabled by One Touch Make Ready and wireless technology. We are still excited to bring fiber to Louisville and are still figuring out the path. We'll make a full announcement with the city at the right time.

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