Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Fiber has won another battle in the Nashville’s council. The latest victory comes after the council voted to beat a piece of legislation (One Touch Make Ready) that the company itself opposed. The legislation in question would have been one that would have seen liability shifted to internet providers and away from the government during legal dispute involving the said Ordinance. The vote by the council brings to an end the Ordinance which was first introduced to the council of September 20, 2016. If the “one touch make ready” ordinance was successful, under certain circumstances, the Metropolitan Government would be harmless under certain circumstances.
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It was Google Fiber Nashville that had actively pursued the One Touch Make Read Policy in an attempt to speed up its gigabyte roll out which was stalling in the city. Among the main protagonist of this policy included lead sponsor, Councilman Anthony Davis, representing some areas of East Nashville. However, the bone of contention surrounds how the utility poles would be prepared for these new providers. As a result, this would have seen existing line owners undertaking the tedious task of removing old lines whenever a new one is added to a pole. Under the policy, Google Fiber Nashville sought to allow only one approved contractor to remove all the lines under the Metro’s old policy at once.
Google Fiber in Nashville saw its pursuit of the policy opposed by the city’s current internet providers AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) as well as Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA). As a result, AT&T has already committed itself to filing a lawsuit to challenge the current ruling. However, in a bid to get their way the company offered to use some of its in-house lawyers with the Metropolitan Council. This was confirmed in an email sent to the Council on Wednesday by a Senior Lawyer at Google Fiber, Fleur Knowlsey “We believe the city’s commonsense initiative will be upheld in the face of any litigation.”
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