5 States to Watch in the Community Broadband Fight


Author: Brian Heaton
Coverage Type: reporting
Location:
KS, United States

The battle between local governments and telecommunications providers over the right to establish community broadband networks heated up over the last several months, as a number of bills were introduced that could have significant impact on municipalities in five states. Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah and Tennessee were all in the spotlight earlier this year regarding everything from de-facto bans on community networks to funding and development issues. Some of the bills were pulled off the table, while others have continued through their respective states’ legislative processes. Government Technology took a closer look at the broadband concerns in those states and what public-sector technologists should keep tabs on moving forward.

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