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Google Fiber gets a new head, but loses employees

The changes come as the company looks for new cities for the high-speed internet service.

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Google Fiber is on the move.

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After showing signs of emerging from last year's funk with Fiber 2.0, Google has appointed a new CEO to lead the Fiber unit.

Google's parent company, Alphabet, tapped broadband veteran Gregory McCray to take over the Access unit, the Alphabet team primarily focused on Fiber. McCray comes to Google from Michigan's Aero Communications and fills the roll left vacant after Craig Barratt stepped down last year.

"Google Fiber has been instrumental making the web faster and better for everyone -- something I've been passionate about my entire career," McCray said in an emailed statement. "I'm thrilled to lead Access as we continue in our mission to connect more people to abundant access, on networks that are always fast and always open."

Meanwhile, according to a report from Bloomberg, Alphabet is shifting hundreds of employees to other divisions within Google.

The changes come as the company is looking for new cities for the Fiber high-speed internet service. Battles with AT&T and other internet service providers over the existing cables have slowed Google's progress with Fiber, but CNET's sister site Tech Republic recently outlined Google's plans to go wireless in its battle to bring faster internet to more cities.

"Google Fiber remains committed to our customers and cities," a Google rep said via email. "We want to bring Google Fiber to customers faster, so we're focused on making deployment more efficient and less intrusive. We're thrilled that Greg has agreed to join as CEO, to drive this innovation and to grow the business."

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