Questions about the future of Google Fiber will only surge again, as after five months into the job, CEO Gregory McCray has left the company.
McCray joined Access, the Alphabet unit that houses Google Fiber, in February, replacing Craig Barrett, who departed in October 2016 after the company curtailed an expansion plan he'd designed and laid off 9% of its staff. That curtailed initiative included extending into eight new cities.
At a time when Google Fiber appears, on the outside, to have lost direction, Access now is on a quest for a new CEO, the company said. Alphabet is not abandoning Google Fiber, said CEO Larry Page in a statement.
"We are committed to the success of Google Fiber. The team is bringing gigabit connections to more and more happy customers," Page said. "Fiber has a great team and Iím confident we will find an amazing person to lead this important business."
Neither McCray nor Alphabet publicly commented on the reason behind the split. According to a Bloomberg report, McCray drew human resources complaints when, in a company meeting, he described his sailboat as "his mistress," and followed that up by saying every man was entitled to a mistress.
The shift at the top is not the only recent executive shuffle at Access.
In April, two high-level Access executives, Milo Medin, an Access vice president, and Dennis Kish, president of Google Fiber, moved to different non-Fiber units within the company, Bloomberg reported.
Alphabet has reshaped its once-ambitious fiber plans, said Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat in May, according to Gizmodo. "At the end of the day, it isnít going to be the transformative play that we believed," she said.
More than a half-million Irish residents expected to have fiber broadband by 2020. But Ireland's National Broadband Plan has not even begun ó and government officials today postponed any agreement again.
In a new report and searchable database, Broadband Now discovered fiber is the is the least expensive technology powering subscribers' connections. But the poorest, most rural residents pay the most for connectivity, regardless of underlying infrastructure.
As Vice President of Global Healthcare at AT&T, Maria Lensing oversees the telecommunications operator's technology and professional services offerings across the spectrum of medical providers, from solo practitioners and walk-in clinics to giant hospital chains, medical-device vendors and consulting firms. Lensing also sees more interest from traditional service providers -- cable and telecom operators looking to expand or build relationships with their own medical communities, perhaps as an adjunct to smart-home successes or standalone.
Lensing, who took on this role almost a year ago in May 2018, oversees both the sales and technical teams responsible for developing growth initiatives for AT&T's Global Healthcare business -- including products, services and industry-specific solutions. She also very actively promotes business minority inclusion, education and female empowerment programs and has been recognized both within and outside AT&T. Some awards she's received include "Top 40 Under 40" and "Super Woman in Business" from the Memphis Business Journal.
Join Maria Lensing, VP of Global Healthcare at AT&T, on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT, when she's the guest on BBWN Radio, hosted by Broadband World News Editor Alison Diana. Register now!
So far, the agenda includes a discussion of technologies such as fiber and 5G; defining the needs and solutions for a widely diverse range of customers; partnering for success in a typically slow-moving, budget-constrained market; learning and dispersing best practices from other verticals and within other business groups; promoting diversity and female empowerment when so many say they're doing so but so little has changed; and what she hopes to accomplish in another year in this role.
Register and post your questions for Maria on BBWN Radio's easy-to-use chat board. We will get to as many questions as possible. Please post questions before and during the broadcast. Once you've registered, you will be led to the chat board page. Talk to you on April 23!
Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on February 14 at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. UK when John Isch, Practice Director of the Network and Voice Center of Excellence at Orange Business Services, discusses use cases, ROI and misconceptions of software-defined wide-area networks, virtualization and cloud.
Just when you thought the answer to your next technology direction question was clear, the noise around multiple new technology options fills the Internet and airwaves. Multiple 5Gs are being deployed; there's CableLabs' 10G initiative; the ITU and IEEE are toiling around 50G PON Ė and we havenít even talked about Wi-Fi6 yet! Is any of this real, do you have to pay attention or can you just let the dust settle and then decide?
Since waiting is often not the best option, letís demystify technology options, their impact on your business, and how to prepare for whatever the future brings.
In this webinar, Service Providers will learn:
Current state of 5G and how it affects everyone, not only mobile network providers.
Latest technologies being developed and how they will benefit their networks and subscribers.
How to prepare their networks for the future Ė whatever it may hold.