updated 12:42 pm EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
New York Google Fiber job not a sign of future expansion
A Google Fiber job listing located in New York was thought to be a possible sign the search company is looking to open the service in the market, though Google has denied the possibility. The listings for a Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager in the city is said by a company spokesperson to be a job role that has existed for some time, and not to "read into the job listing."
The filing spotted by Geek.com notes that successful applicants will "manage multiple teams that evangelize Google Fiber services to MDU (multi-dwelling apartments and condos) and large SMB owners." Its responsibilities include the leading and motivation of "multiple sales teams across multiple locations," as well as promoting the benefits of Google Fiber to MDU and SMB owners.
The spokesperson speaking to Ars Technica claims "We've had a full team of folks working on Fiber in the New York office (and other locations around the world) for years." With this in mind, the New York-based listing appears to be one of remote management, with managers operating from within the office with teams in Google Fiber areas.
Map of current and potential Google Fiber locations
"We don't currently have any plans to bring Google Fiber to New York," advises the spokesperson, continuing "We're entirely focused on building out our networks in Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, and on exploring the possibility of bringing Fiber to the 34 locations we announced in February." While the list of potential Google Fiber locations includes a few prominent areas, such as Mountain View and Palo Alto of San Jose, CA, it does not include New York at all.
If Google did decide to make New York a Fiber location, it would be a massive undertaking. New York City is home to around 8.4 million people, far greater than the 464,000 of Kansas City and the 842,000 population in Austin. Aside from the population increase compared to existing Fiber rollouts, Google would have to contend with the issues commonly associated with densely-populated areas, namely navigating the various building codes and ordinances required to lead cables to buildings, as well as dealing with installations within the tall buildings themselves.