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.
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
With Google Fiber, we went from being in the dark (get it? optical communications?) about its status to a live network in a flash (see what I did there?). Today, the company suddenly announced that it’s brought at least four apartment or condo buildings in the vicinity of Music Row online, and residents of those buildings can now sign up for service and schedule an installation. Residents of certain other apartment or condo buildings can see if their building is slated for the go-live soon.
And they’ve announced prices as well: $50 monthly for 100 Mbps, or $70 each month for the heralded 1 Gbps speeds. They also offer a TV package and a home phone add-on.
For Nashvillians who just can’t wait to give really fast Internet a try, Google’s set up a trial space in The Gulch:
— Google Fiber (@googlefiber) April 27, 2016
But those in other apartment buildings, single family homes, and businesses will just have to sit on their hands and wait patiently for the tight-lipped company to let them know when the service will be available to them. A hint: if you see crews burying a cable in your neighborhood, you might just be getting fiber service soon.