It's Friday. In this Gigabites edition, Google Fiber prompts controversial policy changes in Louisville, Ky.; Midco plans DOCSIS 3.1 trials; Vyve goes gigabit with DOCSIS 3.0 and more.
There's a catch, however.
Both Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) -- the two major service providers that currently operate in Louisville -- have come out against the new city ordinance. The incumbent operators argue that by allowing an outside contractor to shuffle equipment already attached to utility poles, the city is opening itself up to potential outages and other disruptions of existing broadband services. Further, AT&T says the changes in the new ordinance violate a local workers' union agreement, suggesting implementation could get held up by legal challenges.
Google Fiber previously put Louisville on its list of exploratory cities for potential gigabit deployment, but it has not yet agreed to move forward with any network plans. (See Gigabites: A Gigabit Battle in Tennessee.)
Meanwhile, it turns out that three other companies are also looking at building local fiber networks, including BluegrassNet, SiFi Networks and FiberTech Networks. AT&T says it's planning to extend gigabit service to Louisville as well. New franchise agreements, which have also been streamlined by the city, could be signed by as early as March or April.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading