TGIF. In Gigabites this week, Google Fiber hits the streets of Nashville and moves a step closer to deployment in Louisville. Plus, citizens of York County in Pennsylvania are fighting the gigabit fight, and Comcast plans a broadband data cap upgrade.
The number of cities on the Google Fiber expansion map continues to grow, but to date, only five metro areas have gigabit service available, and deployments in Nashville and Atlanta are limited to select buildings. The three cities with widespread Google Fiber access include Austin, Texas., Kansas City (both Kansas and Missouri) and Provo, Utah.
In Nashville this week, Google Fiber also opened a "Fiber Space" where residents of the community can test out gigabit broadband and learn about other Google Fiber services including the new Fiber Phone product. (See Google Fiber Moves a Step Closer to Cable.)
Google Fiber has already run into some friction in the area, with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) currently suing the city of Louisville in an effort to keep the local government from changing telecom pole attachment policies. The policies were changed recently in order to make it easier for newcomers like Google Fiber to enter the market. (See Gigabites: Google Fiber Seeks Custom Fit and Gigabites: Google Fiber Fights for Pole Position.)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading