Google Gigabit delay possible.
When we built the Panama Canal, we had delays. The John Hancock building in Chicago was delayed. Big projects can get delayed when undertaken by those new to the business area they are branching out to. Unlike the other failed Google projects, this one would be seen and understood to be a failure by the general public. The other failed projects were technical dreams that were watched by the geeks and nerds of the IT industry. The general public had little idea the projects even existed. Google Gigabit was a nationwide call to action to dream big. Failure will tactically and strategically hurt Google. Dashing the hopes, for better internet service, of a community of 500,000 families is not a good PR move. Dashing the hopes of your researchers for a large scale Gigabit experimental test network, is not good for employee morale. They may have quit projects before, but this is too important to them to be tossed aside. They will get the entire fiber optic network built and operational. I do think, as they have hinted at, that the network may not be operated above a half of a Gigabit symmetrical during its first years of operation. That is what the announcement may be. It takes a lot of stuff to have every home, business, and government building in Kansas City connected at 1,000Mbps symmetrical. Cutting that in half may be a more realistic in the first years.