Judge dismisses AT&T lawsuit over utility pole access

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

AT&T had arged that an ordinance passed last year by Louisville officials allowing high-speed internet providers to install their new equipment on utility poles owned by AT&T violated state and federal rules. Judge David J. Hale ruled Wednesday that the city has the right to control its public rights of way.

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The Federal Communications Commission had sided with the city, saying regulations on pole attachments don’t apply in Kentucky.

A spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told The Courier-Journal that the city is pleased with the ruling.

AT&T spokesman Joe Burgan says the company is reviewing the decision and potential next steps.



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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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8/18/2017 2:07:41 AM (GMT -4:00)