NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Google Fiber got a solid win in Nashville Tuesday night as their installation plan passed at the Metro Council meeting.
After a vote to defer the bill failed, One Touch Make Ready was passed unanimously in a second vote.
Under the previous system, each existing provider on the pole needed to send out a separate crew, one by one, to move its own line and make room for a new one.
One Touch Make Ready makes it so one crew, approved by the pole’s owner, completes all the work necessary.
“It’s a great day for Nashville,” said Chris Levendos, Director of National Deployment and Operations with Google Fiber. “This will allow new entrants like Google Fiber to bring broadband to more Nashvillians efficiently, safely and quickly. We look forward to continuing our work with NES and the local community.”
Mayor Megan Barry said the plan appears to be a common-sense way of speeding up the process of getting Music City high-speed internet.
“Unfortunately, the likelihood of protracted litigation could delay implementation of this law designed to benefit Nashville’s consumers,” Mayor Barry noted.
She said that’s why she encouraged fiber providers to work together on a solution, “which they were not able to do.”
“My hope now is that any potential legal disputes over this new law can be resolved quickly, and we can move forward with expanding fiber access throughout the city,” Barry added.
But shortly after her statement and after the Metro Council’s vote, council members also approved