AT&T made good on its promise to sue Nashville, and with haste, too. The suit is a response to Metro’s new ordinance known as One Touch Make Ready (OTMR); it is disputing the government’s authority to regulate attachments to utility poles. AT&T claims that only the Federal Communications Commission can do that.
The OTMR ordinance was passed by the Metro Council on Tuesday. Twelve councilmembers voted to defer the bill because they were fearful of the threatened lawsuit, but the bill proceeded anyways. On Wednesday, the Mayor, who had previously been neutral on the bill, signed it into law.
The lawsuit does not seek a preliminary injunction, in which the judge would put the ordinance on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
One Touch Make Ready passed the second reading tonight on a 32-7 voice vote. It’s still up for a third (and final) reading before it heads to the the Mayor’s desk. The bill, pushed by Google Fiber, would allow new companies move other companies’ data lines out of the way on telephone poles.
The marijuana decriminalization bill also passed its second reading tonight. The bill would reduce the penalty (at the discretion of the police officer) for getting caught with up to a half ounce of pot (which the police chief said is still a lot of joints for one person) to $50 or 10 hours of community service, down from a misdemeanor.
And finally, the inclusionary zoning bill passed its final vote tonight. The proposed law would require developers requesting special entitlements to also include a certain number of affordable housing units in their developments.
People across the city were reporting slow or non-existent Comcast service yesterday and today:
— Charlie Saunier (@CrazyCharlie615) June 16, 2016
On Reddit, pachetoke reported from near the airport,
When I got off work last night it was out at least from 4pm to 7pm. Not at home to check now. I chatted into comcast with my phone to do troubleshooting. I was able to squeeze out a small credit for loss of use, but it took almost an hour.
And fellow redditor flukester88 also had an outage:
Comcast customer here in Berry Hill, and our internet is bad this morning.
I missed the USA's second goal because of Comcast again, giving poor service! Can't wait for @googlefiber to get to Nashville 100%!
— Caleb G. Tannehill (@CasaDeTannehill) June 17, 2016
On the heels of yesterday’s Google Fiber rollout, today Comcast announced that it will bump up the Internet data cap from 300 GB to 1 TB (1000 GB) for its Nashville customers. (This is also happening for all the other cities where Comcast instituted the data cap.)
Google Fiber’s service does not currently have a data cap.
The change won’t affect many customers, Comcast says, as most customers use around 60 GB per month. Nashvillian Eric Snyder uses a little more than normal, it seems, so he’s pretty happy about the change:
Got my data-use warning while watching the Preds game last night. Can't compete w/ Google Fiber w/ cap in place. https://t.co/9Ntjzo1ITs
— Eric Snyder (@NSHBIZSnyder) April 28, 2016