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Google "pause" the planned expansion of its Fiber high-speed internet service

Google announced on Tuesday that it plans to "pause" the planned expansion of its Fiber high-speed internet service in the 10 cities. This decision will not affect customers in the eight metro areas where Fiber is already installed, only those where the company was considering expanding into.

It had been looking into and will eliminate a number of positions in those cities -- 9 percent of the division's total number of employees, according to Ars Technica.

Nor will it impact places where the company has already confirmed Fiber's rollout -- including San Francisco, Irvine, Huntsville and San Antonio. Cities like Chicago, Dallas, Portland, Tampa and San Diego, however, will not be so lucky.

The company cites a need to "stay ahead of the curve " in providing gigabit internet service as the reason for its pivot. Fiber has reportedly failed to hit its subscriber goals while Google recently purchased high-speed wireless ISP, Webpass. A reported was coming in August -- their sources claimed that CEO Larry Page had ordered the 1,000 person division to cut its worker count by half.

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