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Telecom Lobby Backs Down from Bad Broadband Bill; But are Cities Safe?

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF CHANUTE

Telecom Lobby Backs Down from Bad Broadband Bill; But are Cities Safe?

CHANUTE, KS – February 3, 2014

Today the lobbyist, John Federico, President of the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association (KCTA), requested that the Kansas Senate Committee on Commerce postpone public testimony on a broadband bill that would essentially kill private/public partnerships to improve broadband services for Kansans. The request for the delay was to redefine “underserved areas” in the bill.

“Every part of this bill needs to go away, not rewritten,” said Larry Gates, Utility Director, City of Chanute. “Changing the definition of ‘underserved areas’ doesn’t make this bill better. It still takes away our ability to provide the level of broadband services that our community defines. This delay may only be a temporary victory”.

“We wonder if this is a delay tactic being used by the Telecoms to appear as if they are making good-will modifications to a bill, when in fact, their goal is still to prohibit communities from accessing the level of broadband speeds that they need,” said Sam Budreau, Interim City Manager.

1. John Federico misled most of Kansas with a bill that cripples Kansas communities' ability to use broadband to boost their economies, improve education, transform healthcare delivery and make local government more effective.

2. John Federico wrote this bill and introduced it to the Legislature, but Kansans did not elect him nor pay his salary.

3. Our citizens, businesses, and institutions that need and want better broadband demand that the Legislature kill this bill in its entirety. Do not reintroduce it.

For more information: “Anti-Community Broadband Bill Introduced in Kansas; Legislating Incumbent Protection”, http://alturl.com/g5k53

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