Alphabet signals strategy shift for Google Fiber initiative

Alphabet signals strategy shift for Google Fiber initiative

Alphabet signals strategy shift for Google Fiber initiative

In a blog post released on Tuesday, Google's parent company Alphabet said that it is curbing the expansion of its Google Fiber high-speed fiber optic Internet network and is also laying off employees in the Access division responsible for the work related to Google Fiber.

The disclosure made by Craig Barratt - the present CEO of Alphabet's Access division - is an apparent indication of a shift in the company's strategy one of its most ambitious and expensive initiatives --- reaching super-fast Internet connections to US households.

Barratt - who is also a Senior Vice President at Alphabet - revealed in the blog post that, as a result of the strategy shift by Google, he is stepping down from his post as the Access CEO. The move, he said, is rooted in Alphabet's plans to switch to new, cheaper methods and technologies for deployment of high-speed Internet. However, he would continue to remain an adviser to the company.

Though Barratt did not disclose how many employees from the Access division will be laid due to Alphabet's strategy shift, an Ars Technica report has revealed that the company will lay off nearly 9 percent of its workforce.

The employees whose jobs will likely be cut will be from among the staff working at local offices in cities in which Access was hoping to set up the Fiber Internet service.