John Burchett, head of public policy and community affairs at Google Fiber, says the company is accelerating efforts to complete fiber-optic infrastructure construction in the U.S. A part of this effort is to explore alternative options to deploy fiber. In West Des Moines, Iowa, the company is constructing conduit drops that extend to the homes of consumers. This means households will not be required to sign up for Google Fiber, but any service provider they select can build out quickly to customers in the city. In Alabama, Google Fiber installed a dark fiber network and leased it out, which helped the city finance the project. However, Burchett says Google Fiber's business model is unlikely to be feasible in small communities.
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