The FCC Just Made It Easier For Google Fiber to Expand & For 5G to Roll Out





Telephone Terminals in Disarray on Phone Pole

Telephone Terminals in Disarray on Phone PoleFor years Google Fiber and others have fought to expand their internet services into new markets. Sadly they have been slowed by existing providers blocking access to poles. This has greatly impacted Google’s ability to expand their fiber internet service.

Now an FCC Committee has handed Google Fiber, and other internet providers who want to expand, a huge victory. Today the FCC voted to approve a One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) policy that would simplify and speed up the pole attachment system. This means Google Fiber and others now can get access to existing poles in your city to run their wires after a 25-day review window. As long as Google Fiber does not move or splice into any equipment already on the pole they can add their equipment and wires to the pole even if the current pole users do not respond within the 25-day review window.

This will also help speed up the roll out of 5G as companies like Dish work to roll out fiber to towers in new towns.

Why is this so important? Well in Nashville, Tennessee, Google Fiber only got rights to 33 out of a total of 44,000 poles they needed access to after 4 months of trying. Not only did Google need permission from the pole owner, but they also needed permission from all other companies that use the pole. This caused Google and others to go through a slow and painful process of getting access to run new fiber lines.

Look for networks like Google Fiber and 5G to quickly speed up their roll out now that the FCC is making this change.

Source: MultiChannel

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