Residents of a Nashville neighborhood were appalled to find themselves unplugged from Google Fiber when public works crews begin removing the top layer of their street in order to repave the asphalt -- and immediately tore into the cables buried (not far) below.
Seven months ago, the city required all lines -- including those deployed for repair projects -- must be laid at that depth, Cortnye Stone, a spokeswoman for Metro Public Works told Nashville's News4 I-Team.
Using a tape measure, the local news station determined the fiber was buried only two inches under the road.
In June 2017 -- three months before he abruptly quit -- then recently named Google Fiber CEO Greg McCray Greg McCray discussed the company's use of new deployment techniques such as microtrenching, designed to curtail the expense and time associated with fiber rollouts, McCray said.
"As an example, we're doing a lot in shallow trenching so we don't have to worry about the poles, we don't have to go three or four feet boring underground. We've been doing narrow trenching," he added. "We've been working with our fiber cities, with the communities and city managers, getting permits and trials much, much, much faster and with a lot less disruption to the neighborhoods and communities."
In Nashville, Google Fiber pulled 594 permits to lay fiber, News4 said. Google said it will pay and replace all fibers damaged by road construction, a company spokeswoman told the TV station.
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