Metro Council To Consider Letting Google Use City Property

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Metro Council To Consider Letting Google Use City Property

CREATED Apr 14, 2014

by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, Metro Council will get its first look at an ordinance giving Google access to city property, in order to install components necessary for its Google Fiber Internet service.

Google hasn't yet picked Nashville as its next location to install their Google Fiber Internet, but the city is one of nine finalists.

Before Google makes its final decision, it's asked the finalist cities to complete a checklist of tasks which include access to fast construction permits, and permission to build so-called "fiber huts" around the city.

The ordinance before Metro Council would allow Google to build some of those huts on city property.

"They're pretty large, they're 1,500 square feet, so they are house-sized fiber huts we need to find homes for," said Anthony Davis, one of the co-sponsors of the ordinance.

Google said it expects to announce which cities it's chosen for Google Fiber by the end of the year.

AT&T said it's been in talks with cities around the country for similar fiber rollouts, but wouldn't indicate if Nashville is one of them.

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