Google Fiber work in KCK is delayed by dispute over how its wires are hung [The Kansas City Star]
At the time of the announcement, statements from Google led many to believe that the area's utility poles were ready for Google's fiber to be attached. The poles were said to have plenty of room for the fiber, and the governing authority for the poles on the Kansas side of Kansas City – the Unified Government of Wyandotte County – owned both the poles and the board of public utilities, which would seem to make it easier for Google to come to town and attach to the poles.
The utility pole situation in Kansas City, however, appears to be less ideal than once believed. Google has encountered issues regarding where and how to attach its fiber to the poles in Kansas City. There is also a dispute over the cost for installing the fiber and the fees for continued use of the poles. Engineers and attorneys have been trying to resolve the issue ever since Google announced.
Welcome to the cable/broadband business, Google! Now you're getting a small taste of just how complicated our business can be.
The dispute basically boils down to two choices for Google. Either it can pay the fee that telcos and cable providers pay to attach lower on the pole, or attach higher on the pole where electrical wires are attached. There would be no fee in that scenario, based on a special subsidy given by local government, but Google would face the much more uncertain cost of the serious safety concerns for technicians and customers that would result from attaching fiber so close to electrical wires -- a practice that is prohibited by most telecom providers for obvious reasons.
Due to the dispute, it appears that Google's fiber project will be delayed.
This is a great example of how careless a company like Google can be by creating such hoopla without the benefit of a full understanding of the complications and implications of what they propose to do. A little study may have been in order here.