It's been a light week for gigabit news, what with IBC and CTIA Super Mobility Week on tap. But never fear, your Gigabites roundup is still here. In today's edition, Google Fiber scores a win in Nashville, the city of Modesto, Calif., investigates building its own municipal network, observers try to determine just what AT&T means when it puts the "deployed" stamp on a new gigabit city and more.
To review, the OMTR ruling promises to streamline the process for attaching new fiber lines to utility poles in Nashville. Google Fiber says that there are 44,000 utility poles in the city that need to be prepared for new lines. Of that 44,000, only 33 have received attention so far. And the slow pace is stymying the company's efforts to deploy new gigabit services. (See Gigabites: A Love Letter to Nashville.)
While the preliminary municipal vote this week was a win for Google Fiber, it's not the last hurdle in Nashville. A final vote will take place on September 20 before the ordinance is handed over to the mayor's office for his signature. Assuming the ruling passes, Google Fiber is still likely to face holdups while AT&T challenges the ordinance in court. The telco has already sued Louisville over similar action.
There is reason for that wariness. AT&T will often say it has launched gigabit service in a market when in reality only select neighborhoods have service available. A user forum over on DSLReports is dedicated to building a list of the neighborhoods AT&T actually serves with Gigapower in the cities where it's deployed.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading