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Google agrees to pay $3.8 million to Louisville to clean up failed fiber roadways

Google has agreed to pay Louisville $3.84 million in order to restore roads and public rights-of-way following the tech giant’s exit from the fiber business in the city.

On Monday, the Louisville Metro Government (LMG) said the amount has been agreed to fulfill Google’s obligations under franchise agreements and local regulations, which state that rights-of-way must be restored should a service provider remove itself from the area.

Over the next 20 months, Google will make the payments to cover the cost of the removal of fiber cable and sealant from roads; milling and paving to restore walkways and road systems; and the removal of above-ground infrastructure.

The hefty bill relates to Google’s exit from the fiber market in the city, based in Kentucky. As reported by sister site CNET, Google Fiber performed an experiment in the area called “micro-trenching,” which was designed to speed up the deployment of gigabit cables in cities.

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