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Google Fiber to pay Louisville $3.84 million to repair roads

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Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology for Louisville Metro Government, talks about losing Google Fiber.
Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal

Google Fiber will pay Louisville more than $3 million to restore the city’s roads and infrastructure, the mayor’s office announced Monday, the day the technology service will cease its service.

Over 20 months, Louisville will get $3.84 million from the company to pay for removing fiber cables and sealant, milling, paving and removing above-ground infrastructure, a news release said.

Infrastructure in places affected by Google Fiber will look “as good or better than they did before the company began construction,” Grace Simrall, Louisville’s chief of civic innovation, said in a statement.

“The city will diligently repair these roads and public spaces over the 20-month period,” she added.

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Google Fiber announced in February it was pulling its service from the city because of numerous challenges with setup.

Google was supposed to provide internet for the Portland, Newburg and Strathmoor neighborhoods. But the company said in February it encountered numerous challenges in the market that disrupted customer service, including a failed experiment burying fiber optic cable in much shallower trenches than it used in other cities.

The company said it will continue to offer its all-fiber internet service, dubbed Google Fiber, at 18 other locations across the country. In Louisville, the fiber will go dark at 11:59 p.m. It provided free service for two months, ending Monday.

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Darcy Costello: 502-582-4834; dcostello@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @dctello. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: www.courier-journal.com/darcyc.

 

 

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