Google takes to the web to support Louisville in AT&T lawsuit


When Google decided to get into the Internet access business by offering fiber connections, part of their motivation was to disrupt the market for Internet access. Google saw it as stagnant and offering a substandard product. Of course, Google does have a bit of a vested interest in consumers being able to access fast broadband Internet. It should be no surprise when a company like AT&T files a lawsuit like they did this week to slow down Google’s process. Although not the target of the lawsuit, Google has issued their support for Louisville.

On the Google Fiber blog, Google Fiber’s Director of National Deployment and Operations, Chris Levendos, says:

“Google Fiber stands with the City of Louisville and the other cities across the country that are taking steps to bring faster, better broadband to their residents. Such policies reduce cost, disruption, and delay, by allowing the work needed to prepare a utility pole for new fiber to be attached in as little as a single visit…”

In Louisville, the step that has drawn the ire of AT&T is a new rule called “One Touch Make Ready” that attempts to regulate pole attachments. AT&T filed a lawsuit claiming the City of Louisville has no jurisdiction to regulate pole attachments, an authority that is reserved for the Kentucky Public Service Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

Levendos indicates Google is “disappointed” that AT&T is trying to block Louisville’s efforts to expand broadband access. Levendos also sent a pointed message to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer to let him know that Google “couldn’t agree with you more” in reference to the importance of gigabit fiber to the city and that Google would “stand with you.”

source: Google Fiber

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • NardVa

    You have all the cable companies across the United States wanting to charge as much as possible for the least amount of service. Now Google wants to offer better services at a better rate. I’m all for Google Fiber.

    • Oli72

      Totally agree. It’s a dirty business out here.

  • Jeena Bittenbender

    If cable companies would just upgrade, there wouldn’t be a problem. I want blinding speeds myself. I don’t mind paying a little more but cable companies are stagnating. Its Rediculous. Everything else is moving forward, getting more technological everyday. Not so with cable companies. I’m behind Google 100%