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Google Fiber’s Contractors Create Headaches for Austin Residents

Flash flooding in a neighborhood where storm drains were blocked by construction debris. (Image: Adolfo Romero)

Flash flooding in a neighborhood where storm drains were blocked by Google’s construction debris. (Image: Adolfo Romero)

Some Austin residents are fuming over the sloppy construction work and eyesores left by contractors hired by Google to install its fiber optic service.

Last year, 254 formal complaints were filed against Google and its contractors, by far the largest compared with AT&T and Time Warner Cable, which are also in the process of upgrading their networks in the city.

The epicenter of construction nightmares for homeowners is on Lambs Lane in Southeast Austin, where last October a flash flood allegedly caused by Google’s construction crews blocking nearby storm drains brought two feet of water into the home of Arnulfo and Dolores Cruz, causing $100,000 in damages.

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7 years ago

Here’s a map of all the work permits issued to Google Fiber in Austin since they started the work: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/dwcx50xavfw4akq/gftmaps.html It’s an indication of the extent of the work going on to wire Austin up to Google FIber (and they haven’t even started at the north end of the city yet), so it’s not surprising when not everything goes according to plan. That said, there’s no excuse for sloppy workmanship and I hope all those adversely affected are fully compensated for the damage caused to them. Of course, it would be far better if municipalities built and maintained a single… Read more »

James R Curry
James R Curry
7 years ago

They’ve damaged some of the landscaping in our neighbourhood that the HOA now has to arrange to repair. The contractor is covering the costs.

Nevertheless, I still can’t wait to give TWC the boot.

7 years ago

I couldn’t say it better than that newspaper commenter in the article. Austinites are f-ing whining bitches. And not because of the Californians among us. It’s home-grown southern-fried entitlement. I’ll just repeat what I commented on el reg last month: “I’m a long-term Austin citizen with Google Fiber partly installed (the fiber’s not live yet, so they haven’t brought the router out). While I see clues here and there that the subcontractors doing various legwork and digging are a bit detached from the smiley-face Google Fiber cheerleaders, they’ve been very helpful and personable for us. My experience with Texans, Austinites,… Read more »

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