Google Fiber announced today that it would withdraw its service from Louisville, Kentucky. Since the search giant's internet service has been viewed as an experiment, these news cannot come as a surprise. Unfortunately, for the residents of the city, this decision is just another disappointing milestone in relation to the company.
Unless you've been living in Louisville over the last couple of years, you probably don't know about the drama caused by google bringing their internet service to the city. Long story short, Google asked that a law be changed which allows moving other company's equipment to toolbars, Louisville has spent close to $ 400,000 defending the law, and it turns out that Google never even needed the change in the first place.
In addition, when installing the fiber lines, the company experimented with a basic excavation method that would speed up the distribution. But instead of adequately covering the asphalt cuts, Google Fiber coated things with sealants to be used only in temporary situations.
Google fixed the roads in the end, but only after the community turned on how bad the streets looked and fiber cables started sticking out of the sealant.
A local news station breaks down the entire story between Google Fiber and Louisville to learn more (via Droid-Life ).
Why is Google Fiber leaving Louisville?
The company says that even though it has learned from its mistakes, it does not seem to live up to the "high standards" it demonstrated in other cities. Google Fiber believes it must build the entire Louisville network to fix things, but it's not something the company is willing to do.
Fiber hasn't completely closed the store yet. The internet service provider is set to cut the network on April 15, and will provide service to today's Louisville customers for the next two months for free.
Meanwhile, Fiber has stated that it will work with customers to minimize interference. This is unclear, but it probably means that the company will help the transition to a new internet provider. It is not clear whether the company's fiber lines and equipment will be removed when the company leaves,
This decision shall have no effect on other cities where Fiber is distributed.