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Google appoints new CEO of Fiber division

Google has appointed former Time Warner Cable chief operating officer, Dinni Jain, as CEO of Google Access – its internet service provider division that runs Google Fiber and Webpass.

Dinni Jain

Dinni Jain

Jain replaces former Google Access boss, Gregory McCray, who reportedly left Google last year after less six months in the job.

He will lead the California-headquartered Access team, which has employees in nearly 20 markets across the US where Google Fiber and Webpass have ongoing operations.

“We’re excited to announce that Access has a new leader to move the Google Fiber and Webpass businesses forward,” said Google in a statement.

The latest hire follows a period of upheaval at Google Access, which announced in October 2016 that it would halt the rollout of fibre internet in most of its ‘potential Fiber cities’ and will cut staff in these markets.

Google said that work would continue in its existing Google Fiber footprint – in the cities where it had launched or its fibre rollout was under construction.

With that announcement, McCray’s predecessor Craig Barret announced he would step down, meaning that Jain’s hire marks the third Google Access chief in less than 18 moths.

Google’s decision to cut back on new Fiber deployments came just weeks after it closed its buyout of San Francisco-based internet service provider, Webpass.

At the time of the deal Webpass served “tens of thousands” of customers in San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Miami and Boston using point-to-point, over-the-air signal transmission technology.

Jain is a veteran of the US and European cable and telecoms industries. He worked at Time Warner Cable between 2014 and mid-2016. Prior to this he was president and COO of Insight Communications, which Time Warner Cable acquired in 2012.

Earlier in his career he was group managing director of strategy for NTL Europe and he also held positions at Cellular Communications, Barclays De Zoete Wedd, and Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette.