AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), To Sue Nashville City?


AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has recently suggested in a press conference that it can possibly file a lawsuit against the city of Nashville regarding the issues about the Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google Fiber services rollout. Nonetheless, this is not the first time that AT&T is facing difficulties with Google Fiber.

AT&T vs. Nashville

Prior to the press conference, AT&T had a closed-door meeting with Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Google Fiber, Nashville Electric Service, and the Office of the City Mayor to come up with an agreement regarding the Google Fiber rollout concerns. These include how the city and the companies are dealing with the equipment on top of utility poles. To bring its services in the city, Google Fiber intends to move equipment on top of utility poles owned by AT&T, Comcast, and Nashville Electric Service. To address the issue, the Nashville Metro Council proposed the One Touch Make Ready ordinance. However, AT&T does not agree with the proposal and hinted that it will file a lawsuit against the city if it enacts the ordinance.

AT&T vs. Google Fiber

Access to utility poles has been the number one problem of AT&T and Google Fiber about one another. In 2013, AT&T had maintained that Google Fiber is not a qualified telecommunications or cable services provider to be granted access to utility poles.

However, both companies have already entered into a nationwide agreement granting Google Fiber the access to the utility poles owned by AT&T on a city-by-city basis, straightening out the dilemmas between the two. While the Google Fiber rollout in Nashville is covered under the agreement, AT&T is still denying the company access to its utility poles. This is part of the couple of reasons that the services rollout in Nashville has stalled.

Joelle Phillips, AT&T Tennessee President, explained that the telecommunications company is denying Google Fiber the access because the latter has committed mistakes in the engineering drawings it submitted for approval. It is safe to say that the rollout holdbacks due to AT&T are technical in nature rather than political.

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