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The Wall Street Journal: Google Fiber rethinking its costly cable plans, looking to wireless

Google’s high-speed-internet business is slowing down.

Alphabet Inc.’s GOOGL, -0.14% Google Fiber unit is rethinking how to deliver internet connections in about a dozen metro areas, including Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas, after its initial rollouts proved more time-consuming and expensive than anticipated, according to people familiar with the company’s plans. In San Jose, Calif., and Portland, Ore., Alphabet has suspended projects while investigating alternate technologies.

In most cases, Google Fiber is hoping to use wireless technology to connect homes rather than underground fiber-optic cables, according to a person familiar with the matter. Elsewhere, Google is leasing existing fiber or asking cities or power companies to build the networks.

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