AT&T files lawsuit over utility pole access in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – AT&T has filed a federal lawsuit over action taken in Louisville that will let Google Fiber install equipment on AT&T’s utility poles.

AT&T says the ordinance passed by Louisville’s Metro Council this month violates state and federal rules. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1VJn6Go ) reports the company wants a federal judge to clarify that the authority to regulate poles is reserved to the Kentucky Public Service Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

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The measure allows high-speed Internet providers to install their new equipment on utility poles owned by AT&T. AT&T and Time Warner Cable lobbied against the proposal.

Mayor Greg Fischer said officials would vigorously defend against the lawsuit, filed Thursday.

City officials have said Google Fiber could mean Internet speeds around 20 times faster than conventional broadband.