AT&T Hints At Lawsuit Against City Over Google Fiber Issues

Posted at 4:49 PM, Aug 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 23:37:32-04

AT&T officials held a press conference in which they hinted at the possibility of suing the city over issues surrounding the rollout of Google Fiber in Nashville.

A closed-door meeting was held Wednesday night between the Nashville Electric Service, Comcast, AT&T, Google Fiber and the mayors office in hopes of coming to an agreement on the one major issue surrounding the rollout.

The issue is how the those companies, and the city are handling the equipment on top of utility poles, and who gets to move that equipment. Google wants to be able to move components on the top of those utility poles -- components that are owned by other internet providers like AT&T.

As a solution Metro Council proposed the "One Touch Make Ready" ordinance.

The ordinance is not favored by some. In Thursday's press conference AT&T went as far as hinting at a possible law suit they would file against the city if the ordinance passes.

Therefore, Nashville was faced with a possible dilemma: Google Fiber could pull out if the ordinance doesn't pass and AT&T could sue if it does.

A suit against the city is something that's been done with a similar ordinance in Louisville.

AT&T officials also said essentially everyone in the meeting but Google Fiber agreed on several points, like eliminating excessive permit filings to access utility poles, but they would not go into any detail about that proposal or others that most groups agreed on.