Google Fiber Seeking Sales Help In New YorkRegional Manager To Focus On MDU Opportunities (Updated: Company Has No Plans To Build In NYC ) 4/15/2014 8:00 AM Eastern
New York City might eventually become the apple of Google Fiber's eye, but there are currently no plans to build out in the area
Google Fiber has yet to unleash a plan to weave its 1-Gig network into the Big Apple for residential services, but the speed-happy ISP is already seeking sales help in the region.
The job posting doesn’t mention when Google Fiber might actually try to deploy and launch services in the region, but the job description says the new Google Fiber Regional Sales Manager will be tasked with leading up “multiple teams that evangelize Google Fiber services to MDU (multi-dwelling apartments and condos) and large SMB owners. You will hire and manage a team that proactively reaches out and…articulates how Google Fiber Solutions can help make their work more productive.”
More specifically, the person, who will be based at Google’s New York City office, will seek out prospective MDU owners, property management companies and “large SMB owners,” and “negotiate contractual language and terms.”
Google Fiber was not immediately available for comment on the job posting as of early Tuesday morning, but if it was successful in securing franchise deals in New York, it could present more competition for several service operators in the area, including Time Warner Cable, RCN, Verizon Communications and Cablevision Systems.
Update: Google Fiber downplayed the signficance of the job posting. A Google Fiber spokeswoman said the company has had staff working on fiber in the NYC area, as well as other locations, for years -- almost through the the entire duration of the Google Fiber project.
"We currently have no plans to build in New York — we're focused on Kansas City, Austin and Provo in addition to the 34 cities where we're exploring the possibility of Fiber," Google Fiber spokeswoman Jenna Wandres said via email.
Google Fiber currently offers services in parts of Kansas City and Provo, Utah, and plans to start connecting homes in Austin, Texas, by mid-2014.
In February, Google Fiber announced it was “exploring” the idea of extending access to nine metro markets in up to 34 cities, including Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Antonio; San Jose, Calif.; and Salt Lake City, Utah. That list of prospective new cities did not cover any portion of the New York region.