December 27, 2011
KCBJ: Want ad suggests Google Fiber also will focus on Kansas City area businesses
Last week, the Kansas City Business Journal reported that although Google has been emphasizing its fiber-to-the-home approach in Kansas City, it seems as if the company is also focusing on small and mid-sized businesses due to a recent job posting.
The Kansas City Business Journal report:
Google Inc. has been emphasizing its fiber-to-the-home approach in Kansas City, but a recent job posting indicates that the company plans to focus on small and midsize businesses, as well.
Sounds like a no-brainer, but Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) hasn’t exactly been clear about who will receive access to its ultra-fast broadband network in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo. The Internet service is set to go live early in 2012.
Google does plan to connect its 1-gigabit fiber network to a slew of schools, hospitals and government-run offices, but which neighborhoods the network will reach, whether offerings will be different for residences and businesses, and how much the service will cost hasn’t yet been disclosed.
This month, Google posted a job opening for someone to help figure out some of those questions, at least for part of the business community. Google seeks a Google Fiber Enterprise Small and Medium Business product manager, a technology and engineering position.
The product manager, who will be based in Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, will be responsible for the success of small-to-medium business products and will help set pricing, according to the job posting.
“As product manager of the Google Fiber Enterprise Small and Medium Business (SMB), you will take the lead in defining the architecture and design of the SMB offerings,” the posting read. “You’ll work with the Google Fiber team’s lead engineers, across other Google teams and external organizations to drive the launch of the product.”
The project manager also will be the service’s point person in the marketplace.
View the full Google job posting here.
In September, Google hired Rachel Hack as community manager for the Google Fiber project in Kansas City. Her position is locally based.
Read the full article here.