Why Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet’s Most Successful Failure A few years ago, Atlanta was to be one of the cities to see the new Google Fiber coming in. There was a lot of excitement about the potential of gigabit internet service. Yeah, it was a couple of years away for most of the city. But there was hope. And then we started seeing AT&T and Comcast rebuilding and upgrading their systems. Even after the announcement that the Google build had been slowed, AT&T and Comcast proceeded with their "fiber to the house" system wide upgrades. Now it seems that Google didn't want to be an ISP. They just wanted a better system on which to sell their service. Well played, Google. Well played. The streamlining the process from cities hasn't been all that though. Permitting is still one of the bottlenecks for upgrades.