Telephone Terminals in Disarray on Phone Pole

The FCC Just Made It Easier For Google Fiber to Expand

Telephone Terminals in Disarray on Phone PoleFor years Google Fiber has 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. This week the FCC voted to recommend a One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) policy that would simplify and speed up the pole attachment system. There are still a few final steps left to make the rule change permanent but they are just formalities at this point as FCC Chairperson Ajit Pai has already voiced his support for the proposal.

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 greatly speed up the roll out of new internet networks around the United States that have struggled to get access to run poles through a city.

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 to quickly speed up their rollout now that the FCC is making this change.

Source: Lightreading

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20 Responses to The FCC Just Made It Easier For Google Fiber to Expand

  1. TV Barrington January 25, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    On the surface, this sounds like a good thing towards other internet and cable companies to get access to poles and hopefully making possible competition. After the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality, this particular vote could be a good thing, but over the decades, I can’t help but get a bit suspicious at times with our government. Sometimes it helps, and sometimes I feel it seems to make things worse. LOL

  2. TexMarque January 25, 2018 at 8:59 am #

    Don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. The previous rules allowed 45 days for review, so that has been shortened. Nashville Electric Services owns over 85% of those poles and a court invalidated Nashville’s one-touch rule as violating the state’s constitution. Louisville’s one-touch rule is being invalidated by the FCC rule because Louisville allowed Google’s contractor to move the existing wires.

  3. Foscam Vision January 25, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    Now after 5G looks like the way to go. Looks a little late to the party.

    • Cord Cutters News January 25, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      You still need to run fiber to the towers. This will be huge in helping 5g roll out.

      • CordCutting2017 January 25, 2018 at 10:08 am #

        There’s already existing fiber to the majority of cell sites. Providers can ramp up the speeds even further though by switching out the SFP’s on each end and get the provider of the fiber to turn up additional bandwidth as needed.

      • gwDisqus1712 January 25, 2018 at 10:55 am #

        5G is an equipment upgrade at the tower.

        • Cord Cutters News January 25, 2018 at 11:06 am #

          For current companies they could do that but Charter, Google, Dish, etc who are moving into the space need their own lines.

          Second 5G range is shorter than that of 4G so you need to put up more towers to cover the same area.

    • Teddy G January 25, 2018 at 9:34 am #

      It would still add an additional provider, more competition, a good thing for the consumer. $$

    • w0lrah January 26, 2018 at 9:30 am #

      Wireless will never be a proper solution. There’s only so much shared spectrum, where fiber direct to the premises is either dedicated or split among a small number of users (GPON). Any advanced protocols people figure out how to do over the air can also be done over a wire with dedicated spectrum and significantly reduced interference.

      Wireless is for convenience and situations where you absolutely can not practically install a wire. Wires are better in every other case and always will be.

  4. Steve Marshall January 25, 2018 at 9:38 am #

    The article is not exactly accurate. The “FCC” did not vote on this policy. The FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) voted to recommend this to the FCC. While the BDAC is making the recommendations to the FCC , there is no guarantee that the FCC will act on them. The information is in the Lightreading article cited as a source.

  5. Joseph ewing January 25, 2018 at 10:23 am #

    Not sure if this is something to have a party over, but it certainly can’t be a bad thing.

  6. J_Grouchy January 25, 2018 at 11:39 am #

    I thought Google has halted expanding Fiber.

    I’m in Atlanta where they’ve recently come in, but I’ve given up any hope of it ever reaching my neighborhood. It’s only available now to a select few parts of town with absolutely ZERO indication of when or even IF it’ll ever get to my area. They already came through and installed the fiber on the lines, so I know pole access isn’t an issue.

    • SanityChecker January 25, 2018 at 11:44 am #

      It’s not entirely halted but they are probably holding out in some markets as they determine how they’ll do fixed wireless and if/where continuing FTTH. I’m in KC and have GFBR. GF is still expanding in some burbs.

    • TexMarque January 25, 2018 at 11:53 am #

      Google is still expanding in areas where they already were in. They halted mostly to evaluate the technology of WebPass’s wireless so as not to require placing fiber into every home passed. They have expanded into Louisville and San Antonio with only internet and no TV package.

      • Mike Thaler January 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm #

        We have Webpass in our 45 unit condo bldg. in Oakland. 3+ years. It is a wireless technology only suitable for multi-unit bldgs. They don’t service homes. 100Mbps up/down for $25/unit.

        • TexMarque January 25, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

          Google bought WebPass with the express purpose of not having to have fiber to the premise for the local drop. The technology may be very useful in a fixed wireless broadband application in specific instances. Every telecom is looking into this tech as part of 5G or FWBB.

  7. SS January 25, 2018 at 11:40 am #

    Google should forget about Fiber and focus on 5G.

    • SanityChecker January 25, 2018 at 11:42 am #

      They are already testing fixed wireless in Kansas City. Might start rolling out later this year.

  8. Keith Foster January 26, 2018 at 8:36 am #

    Good job FCC

  9. Jason Schlenz January 30, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

    OTMR will only be successful if it is TRUE OTMR– meaning that a pre-screened, qualified subcontractor can make the necessary moves of existing OSPs to ensure that clearances and NESC requirements are met during one trip to the pole. In situations, like here in Salt Lake City, where there is not room on the existing poles – unless either Power is moved, other providers are moved or a Pole Change Out occurs- this new rule might only affect <10% of existing poles. Small victory for small providers (not just GFI), but a long way to go in eliminating the deep-pocketed influence of lobbyists.