Google Fiber's CEO steps down after five months

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 18, 2017

Alphabet's Access division and its Google Fiber unit are again in search of a new leader following the resignation of Gregory McCray just five months after he took the post, according to Bloomberg. And Google hired McCray in February.

While the exit comes on the heels of a significant retreat for Google Fiber, it doesn't reflect a lack of confidence in the unit, the company said.

Over the past year, Alphabet has pulled back significantly from Google Fiber, a service once lauded for its potential to disrupt a USA broadband internet market ruled by a few telecom and cable giants. "The team is bringing gigabit connections to more and more happy customers, Fiber has a great team and I'm confident we will find an wonderful person to lead this important business". Fiber had planned to roll out in 34 USA cities across nine metropolitan areas as of 2014, but battles with AT&T and other internet service providers over the existing cables slowed Google's progress.

With Barratt's departure a year ago, Google Fiber said it would pause plans to expand into eight additional market and focus on going wireless in its effort to bring faster internet to more cities.

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