Meet Access, the Google unit that’s taking on Comcast and the rest of the cable business

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Around the launch of Google Fiber four years ago, long before Alphabet, Google’s leaders considered spinning out the high-speed internet offering as its own business under then-CFO Patrick Pichette. The plan was scrapped, according to several former employees.

But it reveals the concern Google placed on its audacious attempt to built its own, capital-intensive broadband service to take on established players like Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable.

Two years later, Fiber would come under a different high-ranking Googler: SVP Craig Barratt. The former Qualcomm exec joined Google in 2013 and was quickly handed the keys to Fiber plus an amorphous group of initiatives touching broadband infrastructure, wireless communications, and clean…

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