Sorry, Google Fiber wont be coming to New York anytime soon



Earlier today, folks living near the Big Apple were excited at the prospect that they could soon become Google Fiber’s newest test market. This was after a Google Fiber job posting was discovered in New York, suggesting the high-speed internet service would soon find a new home. But, in a statement to Ars Technica, a Google spokesperson is here to quickly shoot down your hopes of buffer-free 4K video streaming.

“Don’t read into the job listing. We’ve had a full team of folks working on Fiber in the New York office (and other locations around the world) for years. We don’t currently have any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York. We’re entirely focused on building out our networks in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, and on exploring the possibility of bringing Fiber to the 34 locations we announced in February.”

Google is a very large company, with many branches throughout the US (and the world). While they don’t currently have plans to bring Fiber to New York, the good news is that they are hiring, and Google Fiber is, in fact, growing. I’m sure we’ll all see Google Fiber come to our areas at some point in our lifetimes. Dream on, Phandroids.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Buy a 2160p laptop or get a $799 Samsung 2160p monitor, a $35 Chromecast, a $200 Broadcom 802.11ac Wifi modem and rely on Google to compress the 2160p video down to what Comcast will transmit.
    Good enough for two viewing Netflix. If you want to Wifi six simultaneous viewing rooms, you’ll have to break the last mile monopoly.

    1. Don’t forget comcast will charge you like $120/month and the raise it to like $200/mo the next year.

  2. if google is hiring where the hell i sign up haha.

  3. Within 4 to 5 years since the launch of android G1 my network speeds went from 3 megabits to 30 megabits at the same price range on tmobile about 10x improvement
    10 years ago I had 20 to 25 megabits speeds with optimum online today I get about 35 megabits from time Warner.
    While we reach closer to end of decade we will be closer to 5g network standard that should improve mobile networking at least 10x better than current 4g lte. If Google fiber will not be here by then eventually 5g networking can finally threat the big cable company. I can’t wait.

    1. Except those 5G networks will have caps and never be able to really challenge cable

      1. cap? in terms of data? im talking about tmobile mentioned in my original comment. tmobile has no cap im currently on 27 gigs for the month fyi! no caps still!

        1. Tmobile won’t be able to keep up unlimited forever. Neither will Sprint, because in the end the carriers only care about one thing. Profit. Even tmobile does, that’s why the raised the price of unlimited. Could it be 10 years from now, maybe, but after some time, it will also disappear. Good for you on enjoying it while we have it, but it won’t last. tmobile doesn’t have the spectrum.

          1. They actually decreased the price fyi I used to pay $35 for 5 gigs unlimited now I’m paying $30 unlimited no caps plus I get 2.5 gigs of hotspot tethering included.
            Funny because they just announced 1 gig free per month for ipad users if they were worried about data like you say why would they just give away that much data away for free.

    2. I have a faster connection on my phone than in my house, but I still have to use cable internet to watch Netflix. Why? Because 2 movies would put me over my data limit, and normal viewing over the course of a month would cost me about 10 times what I pay for cable.

      Use your head, man.

      1. just because you get capped does’nt mean everyone does. thats what happens when you think within the box! I use tmobile!

  4. Before the 4k streaming starts, how about lets remove the compression from 1080p first.

  5. Stop playing worth my emotions Chris

  6. So even though they’re on a quest in NYC to buy incremental office space for about 3000 employees (about half the Chrysler building), they’ll be paying a monthly bill to Verizon or Comcast?

    1. NYC is mainly TW territory, with some Cablevision/Lightpath in spots.

  7. They probably don’t want to deal with the infrastructure and unions. There’s likely millions of miles of deprecated cabling in the underground/sewer of NYC that has never been removed. And then there’s probably nothing that can or ever will be done about it. Plus, if you want to do anything new, there’s probably a union nightmare for wanting to have anyone else do installation. I wouldn’t want to deal with it either.

    1. fios is already widely available in NYC, so i don’t think its an infrastructure problem. It’s probably more of a complexity/permit problem.

      1. Google wouldn’t ride on Vz’s Fios would they? They build out their own, which with unions, permits, collapsed conduit, non-optimal pathways etc. is a huge headache. It’s cost prohibitive despite the population density when you have to deal with all the mess that is the infrastructure of the underground telecom situation of NYC if you ask me.

        Found an article related to what I was talking about. The reason I recall this all is because I was porting a PRI to a SIP trunk for a showroom there at a previous company I worked for and in talking to the engineers from Verizon they told me a lot about what a mess it is all is (which was why they had trouble figuring out whey they never shut down an old PRI that we had been getting double charged as a result and why they couldn’t fix a rate center violation on 911 junk too) because it was showing that it was on the switch that it wasn’t really on.

        1. Yeah i mean i wasnt saying they would piggy back off of Verizon’s fios cables, i was just saying if Verizon got its fiber optic cables running throughout much of the city (not all, i moved from an area that had fios to one that didnt), then Google should be able to as well.

          I used to work for verizon as a field tech, installing new phone lines and DSL, just as fios expanded to NY. We asked the regional reps when our neighborhoods (i worked in richmond hill primarily) would be getting Fios and they said their biggest hurdle was getting permits and permission to do the work from the committees of each neighborhood. The ones who quickly approve will get fios first. Of course that could be just what the rep was telling us.

          In either case, that was an interesting and informative article you posted.

    2. This isn’t “anything new” that would have union issues. The problem is that it’s ALWAYS expensive to do this type of work in New York because of the ridiculous population and building densities. Minor road work in the city can tie up traffic for hours, which is why it’s generally done at night. Unfortunately, when you’re doing something that affects people’s residences, working at night isn’t an option.

      For a city this densely populated, FIOS is a better option, and one that already exists.

    3. Unions aren’t the problem, neither is infrastructure. Problem is Google doesnt want to compete against Fios because VZ has the leg up and Google even said those speeds were fast enough to get people to use Google services, which is the ultimate goal.

  8. San Antonio! Yay!

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