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Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband

symbolset (646467) writes | about 7 months ago

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symbolset (646467) writes "Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at Muninetworks.org and GigaOM"
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This thing is moving like it's on rails. (1)

symbolset (646467) | about 7 months ago | (#46117401)

Introduced last Monday, the first hearing in the state senate is next Tuesday [kslegislature.org] . Kansas doesn't have a lot of time to put a stop to this.
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