The strong signal of political blowback -- not an avalanche of snow suspending Capitol activity for two days -- buried a cable industry bill imposing a statewide ban on local municipalities building broadband networks. The
"It's clear we need to gather more information," Wagle said. "I expect to see changes as we move forward."
House Minority Leader
"Insufficient access to broadband has been a terrible problem in rural communities, particularly in western
Under the bill, labeled the Municipal Communications Network and Private Telecommunications Investment Safeguard Act, cities and towns in
Critics of the legislation claimed it also would prohibit future public-private partnerships, such as Google Fiber in
He said the bill wouldn't have forced municipalities to surrender existing Internet systems and wouldn't have stopped a community without a broadband provider from building a network.
The association endorsed withdrawal of the
"I visited with industry representatives, and they have agreed to spend some time gathering input before we move forward with a public hearing," she said.
"This bill is the most over-reaching we've ever seen," he said. "This is the kind of language one would expect to see if the goal is to protect politically powerful cable and telephone company monopolies rather than just limiting local authority to deliver services."
Similar cable-authored legislation has surfaced in other states to prevent communities from building fiber optic networks if anything faster than dial-up is available in town, Mitchell said.
He said political movement against community-owned Internet operations began in about 2001 at the
The strong signal of political blowback -- not an avalanche of snow suspending Capitol activity for two days -- buried a cable industry bill imposing a statewide ban on local municipalities building broadband networks.