Google has written a letter to the FCC stating that if broadband internet is declared to be a Title II utility service, Google Fiber should be given same access as other utilities to poles and other necessary infrastructure. This comes after Verizon claimed that if the internet is declared to be a Title II utility, a great harm will come to the open Internet, competition and innovation. According to Google, declaring as such would actually have a total opposite effect. It would actually “promote broadband deployment and competition.”
Google has been having a hard time getting approval for Google Fiber and hence, has only been able to make it accessible to a handful of communities so far. It hasn’t been able to get access to poles, ducts and conduits because Google doesn’t fall under the definition of utilities that are able to get their hands on these infrastructure.
In its letter, the tech giant went on to say that if the FCC did not grant Google Fiber the same right as cable or telecom, it would result in a substantial barrier to network deployment by new providers such as Google Fiber.” The only decent feedback we’ve heard from the FCC comes from its Former Chair Reed Hundt. Hundt told the Wall Street Journal that “if Title II gives Google pole access, then it might really rock the world with broadband.”