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AT&T Admits Defeat In Lawsuit It Filed To Stall Google Fiber (arstechnica.com) 34

According to Ars Technica, AT&T is reportedly abandoning its attempt to stop a Louisville ordinance that helped draw Google Fiber into the city. The telecommunications giant sued Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky to stop an ordinance that gives Google Fiber and other ISPs faster access to utility poles. AT&T's lawsuit was dismissed in August by a district court, who determined that AT&T's claims that the ordinance is invalid are false. WDRB News and Louisville Business First are both reporting that AT&T has decided not to appeal the ruling.
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AT&T Admits Defeat In Lawsuit It Filed To Stall Google Fiber

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  • No Need (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 01, 2017 @09:10PM (#55473745)

    Google is abandoning fiber. No need for AT&T to waste money on lawsuits.

    • by TWX ( 665546 )

      But did Google abandon it because, at least in part, lawsuits from entities like AT&T?

      I am disappointed that they stopped. I want my singlemode fiber dammit.

      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by Anonymous Coward

        There are two project states at Google (and they often overlap):
        - In beta
        - Being shutdown with little notice to its users

        • by TWX ( 665546 )

          I have to admit that I have noticed this with them but had not applied it to Google Fiber since network infrastructure backbone is normally a straightforward and now that singlemode fiber has beat-out copper technologies as the future, fairly stable and somewhat future-proof.

          The fiber plant requires investment. The serious trunk lines have to be bought or built. The last-mile (or several miles) must be built as metro ethernet to the residence hasn't really existed until the last decade. Doing this requir

      • Louisville was merely one of the most well known cases of AT&T being dicks, but they were doing it all over the country. It's very likely that they were partially responsible for Google giving up. The other thing that went sideways was the whole alphabet thing, which I think allowed shareholders more control over what Google was doing...probably by the very same people who own AT&T stock and were worried about their "investment".

        I'm just adding them to the list of people to throw against the wall wh

        • Re:No Need (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Slashdot Junky ( 265039 ) on Thursday November 02, 2017 @09:13AM (#55475883)

          Don't forget that progress is subjective and change for the sake of change isn't a smart approach. AT&T was and is only protecting their revenue stream and access to profit. Google was investing in hopes of establishing a profit generating revernue stream. Neither give a shit about progress.

          • In this case their revenue stream was in the way of progress, and Google's investment was in support of it. And unquestionably access to higher bandwidth networking is supporting progress. Don't be a tool.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        They abandoned fiber when the FCC told them that could no longer use internet traffic monitoring to target ads to the end customer. Your bias for net neutrality and privacy protection laws had a bigger impact.

        • They abandoned fiber when the FCC told them that could no longer use internet traffic monitoring to target ads to the end customer.

          Cite? Everything I'd seen from Google Fiber, from the beginning, is that they were explicitly not monitoring traffic.

      • by Shatrat ( 855151 )

        They scaled back the effort because it was much more difficult than expected and they are losing money on it. They found out they couldn't 'disrupt' fiber into the ground and that it's expensive to provide support for thousands of residential customers. They proved their point and scared a few of their competitors into moving forward with fiber rollout, in most cases more effectively than G-Fs.

    • Re:No Need (Score:4, Insightful)

      by leonbev ( 111395 ) on Thursday November 02, 2017 @07:40AM (#55475375) Journal

      Kinda clever when you think about it... AT&T and the other telcos win by basically stopping Google from expanding their Fiber to other markets, and then cancel their lawsuits saying that they felt "defeated".

      I think that most competitive businesses would happily take that kind of "defeat".

    • Are they abandoning it? I just got a flyer advertising Google Fiber in my mail slot the other day. I would think that means they intend to support what they have for awhile, even if they're not building any new stuff.

      OTOH, it IS google.

    • Google hasn't abandoned fiber. They're throwing it into the ground here in Louisville faster than they ever have anywhere.

      They have rethought how they use it a bit, but to say that they have completely abandoned it is just not true.

  • Warms one's heart (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Ol Olsoc ( 1175323 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2017 @09:15PM (#55473769)
    Using the court system as a stalling tactic instead of righting a wrong. Yer right up there with Patent Trolls AT&T.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Using the court system as a stalling tactic instead of righting a wrong. Yer right up there with Patent Trolls AT&T.

      Breaking up AT&T was a heck of a good idea when it happened, and now it is an even better idea.

      We need to get back to breaking up monopolies, and that goes doubly so far laws and such that promote monopolies.

      • by Megane ( 129182 )

        Remember that the lowercase "at&t" we have now was originally one of the baby bells (Southwestern Bell), which slowly bought back all the other bits, except for one or two that are now Verizon (formerly GTE). The building that used to say "SBC Technology Resources Inc." when I worked there for a few months, then SBC Labs, now says AT&T Labs [wikipedia.org] on its sign.

        You can break up a magnet, but its bits eventually stick back to each other.

    • AT&T is second in evilness only to oil companies. They are scum through and through. Patent trolls only wish they could be as shit to people as AT&T.

      • AT&T is second in evilness only to oil companies. They are scum through and through. Patent trolls only wish they could be as shit to people as AT&T.

        Um um um... not to argue, but I'd put Comcast a little ahead of AT&T. Otherwise, sure.

  • by turkeydance ( 1266624 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2017 @09:34PM (#55473855)
    Google gave up on fiber
    • For "gave up on fiber" they sure are throwing it in the ground here in Louisville at a ferocious rate.

      Hint: they didn't totally give up on fiber, just kinda rethought it a bit (using micro-trenching now heavily), and never pulled back their deployment process here in Louisville at all.

  • The Menedez twins of telecom.

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