Google Fiber has been around awhile, though not in L'ville
Google Fiber has been in our lives since 2012 by this point (time flies when you're at 700Mbps speeds, eh?). But in its near-decade existence, no deployment has been quite like Louisville. In 2017, Google entered the market through a new technique—microtrenching—that allowed a faster deployment. Instead of using existing utility poles or making giant holes in the ground, microtrenching relies on inch-wide, four-inches deep digs to lay fiber cables. Unfortunately, those shallow cables some times ended up exposed (Louisville Fiber used two-inch "nano-trenches" at times). Pushback on the situation combined with the effort necessary to remedy everything is leading to Google Fiber exiting the market after just a year. That might be the quickest entry in Ars' newly long-running series of stories, "Google kills product."