Why Google Fiber is High-Speed Internet's Most Successful Failure

5 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2018

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Blair Levin


Larry Downes

Larry Downes Consulting Group

Date Written: September 7, 2018


Whether it was the intended strategy or not, Google Fiber, which has now "paused" new deployments, agitated incumbent providers, regulators, and investors to change their approach and policies on gig-speed Internet, initiating a "game of Gigs" that broke a stalemate in investments in next-generation networks. This article reviews the history and lessons learned, especially as they apply to 5G infrastructure deployments now taking place.

Keywords: Broadband, Investment, Regulation, 5G, Gigabit, Smart Cities, Fiber, Infrastructure

JEL Classification: D40, K23, L14, L22, L43, L51, L86, L96, O33

Suggested Citation

Levin, Blair and Downes, Larry, Why Google Fiber is High-Speed Internet's Most Successful Failure (September 7, 2018). Harvard Business Review, 2018, Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 3279662, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3279662

Blair Levin

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Larry Downes (Contact Author)

Larry Downes Consulting Group ( email )

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Kensington, CA 94708
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