Google Fiber Taps New Leader

Former Qualcomm Exec Dennis Kish Takes Helm Of 1-Gig ISP (Updated)
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Dennis Kish, an exec who is late of chipmaker Qualcomm, has been tapped to head up Google Fiber, taking over for Milo Medin, a cable broadband industry vet who is staying on with Google as a VP for access services and will continue to serve as an advisor to Google Fiber, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Google Fiber was not immediately available for comment Wednesday morning, but Kish’s Linked In page notes that he joined Google in July in the role of vice president, fiber. He spent the previous three years-plus as an SVP at Qualcomm. Kish reports to Craig Barratt, Google’s senior vice president, access and energy, according the WSJ.

Putting Kish at the helm is an indication that Google Fiber is gearing up for expansion. In February, Google Fiber announced it was exploring an expansion to nine metro markets and up to 34 cities. Google Fiber, which has been engaged with local franchise authorities since it made that announcement in February, has previously said that it expects to make its expansion picks before the end of 2014.

Google Fiber has rollouts of broadband and video services underway in Kansas City Mo., and Kansas City, Kan.; is extending and upgrading services in Provo, Utah; and has already started its buildout in Austin, Texas, and expects to launch services there later this year.

Even if other ISPs would be loath to admit it, Google Fiber has brought 1-Gig upgrades to the forefront of the broadband discussion, evidenced in part by AT&T’s targeted rollout of its fiber-based “GigaPower,” C-Spire's 1-Gig deployment, and Cox Communications’  plan to begin market-wide deployment of gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

Update: Google confirmed the appointment of Kish to VP, fiber, and reiterated that Google Fiber expects to reveal more expansion plan details by the end of the year.