AT&T sues Nashville over One Touch Make Ready ordinance

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – AT&T has filed a lawsuit against Nashville after it approved Google Fiber’s One Touch Make Ready ordinance.

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The ordinance, which was approved Tuesday night, allows Google Fiber to have access to utility poles that competitors already access.

In a statement, AT&T says it “remains committed to Nashville, and our more than 2,200 area employees will continue to turn our significant investment in the area into the fiber-optic based, wired and wireless connectivity that Nashville residents and businesses demand. In addition, as we have maintained from day 1 of this discussion, Tennessee municipalities do not have jurisdiction to regulate pole attachments. And while we have worked with the Mayor, members of Council, NES, and others toward a better solution for Nashville, in light of the recent vote, we have no other option but to challenge this unlawful ordinance in federal court.”

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry released the following statement about the lawsuit:

One Touch Make Ready has been litigated in the court of public opinion, and the public overwhelmingly supports this measure designed to speed up the deployment of high-speed fiber in Nashville. Now, we hope that this federal litigation is quickly resolved so that we can get on with the business of expanding access to gigabit internet throughout Davidson County.”

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