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.
During prepared comments to a conservative group in Maine, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlined his concerns with several states' independent moves to reinstate the 2015 laws governing the Internet.
Under a partnership announced today, Deutsche Telekom and United Smart Cities will help metro leaders with smart-city projects, ultimately leading to integrated solutions and a shareable database equipped with analytics tools for deep dives.
The MSO has pivoted from being a traditional cable operator into a connectivity provider, said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts during the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in New York this week.
AT&T is closer to deploying AirGig, following successful trials, and now seeks vendor partners to work on technologies that it believes will bring broadband closer to rural customers across power lines.
Fast, reliable broadband is essential to how we live, work and play today – and the upcoming arrival of 5G will only further increase demand and reliance on fiber infrastructure. Already viewed by consumers as intolerable, delays, outages or the regular maintenance difficulties associated with operating a network will become further exacerbated when residential subscribers further rely on connected devices for day-to-day life. Just as providers deploy network automation tools to reduce operational issues, they must take similar care to manage consumer expectations when they roll out fiber or new services. This webinar features leaders who will discuss how to manage marketing and consumer expectations at every stage of the network lifecycle. Marketing professionals, c-level executives and policymakers interested in drumming up fiber envy should attend.
In this insightful Light Reading radio show, Kurt Raaflaub, Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing, will outline the key service provider challenges, deployment considerations, next-gen Gigabit technologies, and service models to win market share in the rapidly growing MDU market.