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Google is shutting down its Louisville fiber network in April

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Feb 7, 2019
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  1. Google’s fiber rollout is coming to a premature end in one major market.

    The search giant on Thursday announced that it is saying goodbye to Louisville, a city that joined Google’s fiber family in 2017. It’s nothing personal – according to a post on the official fiber blog, Google trialed a lot of new things in Louisville including a different type of construction method.

    Specifically, Google laid its fiber lines in much shallower trenches than they’ve done elsewhere. It was an experiment that unfortunately failed, resulting in service disruptions for customers.

    In short, the experimental infrastructure didn’t live up to Google’s standards. To fix the issue, they would have to rebuild the entire fiber network in Louisville and that’s “just not the right business decision.”

    Google will take its network offline on April 15. For the next two months, the search giant is waiving all service fees for impacted customers.

    The silver lining is that Google has learned a lot from its failed experiment, knowledge that has already helped to improve service in other fiber cities.

    Lead image via bluebay via Shutterstock. Second image via WDRB.com

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  2. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 829   +411

    How not to try to save money while building fiber network. They must have lost a lot of money on that.
  3. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,836   +679

    they got $ to lose
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,008   +3,503

    Apparently not if they are pulling out.
  5. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Booster Posts: 178   +41

    Surely have enough to rebuild o re that works.
  6. Ted Ingersol

    Ted Ingersol TS Rookie

    Uh, no. Fiber is composed of glass strands. You can't simply splice it back together again as if it were copper wire in an electrical panel; it's more fragile then that. Depending on how many strands in the line failed, it is more feasible to abandon the line entirely. You could splice the breaks in the line but you are degrading the length of time the line is viable. And why go through all of that trouble if the fiber was installed last year and it failed in under three years? Google made the right decision and good for them not charging the affected customers until they shut it off.

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