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Google Fiber changes plans

Impact on plans to expand to Jacksonville, other cities unclear

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Google is rethinking plans to spend millions of dollars running fiber-optic cables to homes for super-fast internet and TV connections, a move that could affect the service’s expansion into various cities, including Jacksonville.

Moves by the company’s parent, renamed Alphabet, in recent months signal that Google Fiber could ultimately abandon plans to install costly fiber-optic lines for antennas and radio waves.

The search engine giant will experiment with less costly, less labor-intensive wireless technology in the 12 metro areas that it plans to enter in the next few years, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal said Alphabet has suspended projects in San Jose, California, and Portland, Oregon, but hasn't mentioned the other 10 other cities where Google Fiber had announced plans, including Jacksonville, but Alphabet  hopes to expand to areas that will become “the test bed for a push into wireless technology.”