Google Fiber- Avondale considers ‘hut’ license

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 16, 2014
A diagram depicting the Google Fiber Network Hut.  This image is contained in the Google Fiber checklist packet distributed to cities.

A diagram depicting the Google Fiber Network Hut. This image is contained in the Google Fiber checklist packet distributed to cities.

Among the many things on Google’s check list for cities that want its fiber service is signing a Network Hut License Agreement.

Avondale Estates City Commission will discuss the agreement during the work session set for April 17 at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 21 North Avondale Plaza. The agreement would allow the internet search giant to place its huts on property owned by the city.

Google’s checklist for cities says, “Another important part of network design is determining where to place Google Fiber network huts. City-owned sites generally make sense as hut locations because they are zoned appropriately and dispersed throughout the city.”

The sample Hut License Agreement provided in Google’s check list says the initial term of the agreement is 20 years. Under the terms of the sample resolution Google provided, the company also has the right to terminate the agreement at any time by providing 30 days written notice to the city.

“City may also terminate the Site Terms for a Network Hut Site by providing a minimum of one hundred eighty (180) days written notice to Licensee if the City determines that the applicable Network Hut Site is needed for a compelling public purpose. Following such written notice, City agrees to use its best efforts to find an alternative City owned site that Licensee may use as a replacement,” the license agreement says.

The license agreement gives Google, “the right to access, enter, occupy and use each Network Hut Site at any time for the purpose of constructing, operating and maintaining each Network Hut.”

To see the full check list, click here.

During the work session, City Commissioners will also discuss spending $5,200 to resurface the city’s tennis courts.

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  • Rival

    Can it be in Tudor architectural style?

  • jnffarrell1

    Consider sites that Avondale will want to survive and operate through power outages like schools, fire stations and other places above high-water levels. Sites with enough backup power to keep children comfortable in emergencies will do just fine for keeping fiber communications (including WiFi towers) operating through emergencies.

  • ads22

    I would be absolutely against allowing a private company (who is not even a public utility) to use any City property for infrastructure they will use to make money off the residents. Let them rent locations and conform to zoning like everyone else. Just because they are Google does not give them Carte Blanche!

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