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Google Fiber Shows How Not to Install a Telecom Cabinet
by Karl Bode 12:33PM Wednesday Dec 04 2013
Any time there's a significant fiber optic expansion it's only normal for there to be some eggs broken as the omelet gets made, as early FiOS customers can attest. As Google starts deploying Google Fiber in Austin, Kansas City and Provo, they're certainly no exception. Kansas City locals are a little annoyed with the placement of one Google Fiber telecom cabinet: directly in the middle of a sidewalk.

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This appeared to be the worst thing that happened that day in Kansas City, given local Fox affiliate WDAF-TV led their Tuesday broadcast with this story about Google's errant cabinet placement:
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Within the past two months, Google installed a new fiber box at the intersection of 39th and Roanoke — right in the middle of the sidewalk. Sheila Styron works with an advocacy group called The Whole Person, which supports independent living by the disabled. "I was shocked and appalled,” Stryon said. “Google should really know better."
A local Google Fiber spokesperson blamed the errant cabinet placement on a local contractor by the name of Ervin Cable Construction. The aesthetically unpleasant nature of such cabinets has long been a sticking point for communities, with AT&T forced to pony up several thousand for landscaping around their even-larger U-Verse VRAD boxes in several communities.


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ITALIAN926

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Re: It's not a huge cabinet

Who gives a crap, hire actual employees for your company to take care of this new wireline business.



David
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and here I thought

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The great g00g13 could do no wrong.

Tsk, tsk, such a sad day...

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Shocked and appalled!

I'm shocked and appalled by the poor quality of the picture of the offending box.


elefante72

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Blame the sub

Regardless of who did it google is responsible. They don't have any quality control? What a lame a$$ answer. Obviously they have learned from the other operators to deflect blame.

How dare the sidewalk get in the way of progress:)