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AT&T sues Louisville to stop Google Fiber from using its utility poles

AT&T’s lawsuit in US District Court in Louisville says the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government’s ordinance is invalid because it conflicts with and is preempted by the Federal Communications Commission’s pole attachment regulations. AT&T also argues that under Kentucky law, only the state Public Service Commission has jurisdiction to regulate pole attachments. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Google Fiber is coming to San Francisco

photo: The Verge

Google announced this morning that it intends to bring its fast gigabit internet to “a portion of San Francisco,” specifically to apartments, condos, and affordable housing units. Details on exactly where and when are nonexistent for now, and Google suggests that we may be waiting a while to hear more. What Google Fiber does say is that it won’t be building out its own network in San Francisco, as it’s done in many other cities. Instead, it’ll rely on existing fiber networks to provide its service. That may limit what Google can do and where it can go, but it also means a much faster path to launch. – Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge

Google Fiber Coming To Huntsville In Public-Private Partnership

In most of the cities where Google Fiber exists (or is in the process of being built out), the company is starting from nothing — digging trenches, running new fiberoptic cable — but Google announced today that when it launches Fiber service in Huntsville, Alabama, it will be doing so over Rocket City’s municipal fiber network. […] If successful, this model could be replicated by Google or others to help bring service to other parts of the country where a city or county owns a fiberoptic service but is barred by state law from selling directly to consumers. – Chris Morran, Consumerist

Broadband for the people, built by the people

photo: Speedtest, Engadget

According to the White House’s community-based broadband report released earlier this year, 75 percent of customers looking for internet speeds of 25Mbps or higher had a choice between one provider or no service at all. It’s especially bad for rural communities, where there’s little incentive for major telecommunication networks to bother running lines. – Jon Turi, Engadget

Tennessee explains why it should be able to limit city-run ISPs

photo: Aurich Lawson

In Tennessee, the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga offers Internet and video service to residents, but state law prevented it from expanding outside its electric service area to adjacent towns that have poor Internet service. Tennessee is one of about twenty states that impose some type of restriction on municipal broadband networks, which protects private Internet service providers from competition. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica

Cuba’s Illegal Underground Internet Is Thriving

Beginning in 2001, a small community of tech-savvy Cubans have been building a sprawling mesh network that stretches across Havana. This crowdsourced connectivity takes advantage of hidden Wi-Fi antennas and broadband cables stretched across rooftops to network over 9,000 computers across different neighborhoods in Cuba’s capital. The resultant Snet, or streetnet, enables people to exchange news updates, share files, and even play online games like World of Warcraft. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo

Minneapolis residents to get 10-gigabit fiber, for $400 per month

The service is offered by US Internet, the company that already provides “a couple thousand” Minneapolis residents with 1Gbps service for $65 per month. The 10Gbps service will be available immediately to existing customers willing to pay the $400-per-month fee, though US Internet expects the number of customers who take them up on the deal to be relatively small. All together, US Internet has “a little over 10,000” fiber-to-the-home customers at different speed tiers, all located on the west side of Interstate 35W. – Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica
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America Pays More For Internet, Gets Slower Speeds, Than Other Countries

Internet users in Seoul continue to get the speediest connections at the lowest prices anywhere in the world, with speeds of one gigabit per second costing just $30 a month, according to annual report released Thursday the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. By contrast, the best speeds that consumers in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., or New York can get are half as fast and cost $300 a month. […] The New America Foundation’s report highlights how city-owned networks are becoming more competitive with the offerings from Internet providers around the world. The small number of towns that have built such networks — like Chattanooga and Lafayette, Louisiana — ranked higher in the report on speed and price than almost every other city except for those in Asia. […] Advocates for municipal broadband say there is not enough competition in the market for major companies to offer faster service at cheaper rates. They argue that local governments should be able to provide their own networks, especially in rural areas where most cable companies won’t deliver Internet service because it is not profitable – Gerry Smith,The Huffington Post
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