CNBC: Google Fiber contractors in Kansas City are first to unionize under Alphabet Worker Union. “Google Fiber contractors in Kansas City, Missouri voted to unionize Friday, becoming the first workers with bargaining rights under the Alphabet Workers Union.”
Nashville Business Journal: Nashville chosen as test market for Google Fiber 2 Gig. “Google Fiber may have an internet solution for Nashville families with kids learning virtually and parents trapped in Zoom meetings. Nashville has been chosen as a test market for Google Fiber 2 Gig, according to a blog post by Google Fiber Director of Product Management Amalia O’Sullivan, along with Huntsville, Alabama.”
Engadget: Google Fiber’s first expansion in four years is in West Des Moines . “About ten years after starting its high speed internet quest, Google Fiber is expanding again. Availability in the city of West Des Moines, IA adds its first new market in four years.”
The Verge: Google Fiber is dropping its TV package to focus solely on high-speed internet service. “Google Fiber announced today that it will be dropping its TV package option to focus solely on providing high-speed internet service. It will still provide the service to existing customers who pay for it, but the company says ‘customers today just don’t need traditional TV’ anymore when so many options are available online through over-the-top TV services and streaming platforms.” Maybe this will speed the Google Fiber rollout, but I’m not holding my breath.
Louisville Kentucky: City, Google Fiber reach agreement providing for restoration of infrastructure affected by Google Fiber construction
Louisville Kentucky: City, Google Fiber reach agreement providing for restoration of infrastructure affected by Google Fiber construction. “Google Fiber will pay $3.84 million to Louisville Metro Government (LMG) to restore roads and other public rights-of-way affected by its departing service in Louisville. Louisville Metro Government and Google Fiber agreed to these payments to fulfill the company’s obligations under its franchise agreement and local regulations, which require restoration of rights-of-way should a service provider end service in Louisville. Citing technical challenges, Google Fiber announced its exit from Louisville in February.”
Ars Technica: Google Fiber’s biggest failure: ISP will turn service off in Louisville. “Google Fiber will turn off its network in Louisville, Kentucky and exit the city after a series of fiber installation failures left cables exposed in the roads. Google Fiber’s customers in Louisville will have to switch ISPs and will get their final two months of Google Fiber service for free to help make up for the disruption.”
Ars Technica: FCC sides with Google Fiber over Comcast with new pro-competition rule. “The Federal Communications Commission today approved new rules that could let Google Fiber and other new Internet service providers gain faster access to utility poles.”
Engadget: Google Fiber could get a jolt from FCC utility pole policy. “Google Fiber could get serious help from a new rule (PDF) the FCC is set to pass that would give individual companies access to poles across the US. Currently, independent bodies — like, say, a new internet provider — who want to add their lines to poles must request telecoms to do the work, but the federal agency is considering implementing a nationwide One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) arrangement that would allow companies to add their cables themselves. In short, this could seriously help Google speed up the rollout of its high-speed internet solution.” Around here, at least, it feels like it’s at a standstill.
Motherboard: Eight Years Later, Google Fiber Is A Faint Echo Of The Disruption We Were Promised. “Google Fiber would, we were told, once and for all free the country from the iron grip of regional monopolies like Comcast, delivering ultra-fast broadband at a more reasonable $70 per month price point across huge chunks of the nation. And in initial launch cities like Kansas City, that dream appeared to be quickly coming true. But that was then, and this is now.” I’m in a city that was chosen by Google Fiber for expansion, but even if they never lay a cable they’ve done me a lot of good. Why? By scaring the competition enough that I have decent speed Internet now.
Ars Technica: AT&T and Comcast lawsuit has nullified a city’s broadband competition law. “AT&T and Comcast have convinced a federal judge to nullify an ordinance that was designed to bring more broadband competition to Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville Metro Council last year passed a ‘One Touch Make Ready’ rule that gives Google Fiber or other new ISPs faster access to utility poles. The ordinance lets a single company make all of the necessary wire adjustments on utility poles itself, instead of having to wait for incumbent providers like AT&T and Comcast to send work crews to move their own wires.”