Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Indiana Bill Would Stifle Community Broadband

Yet another telecom friendly bill is slithering its way through a state legislature. Indiana HB1148 gives legal basis for discriminating against the poor and underserved within local communities, writes Sascha Meinrath. " . . . this law makes it illegal for a municipality wants to roll out better services, even if they are cheaper. Basically, it forces every customer in the state to pay whatever their service provider wants to charge, for whatever quality of service these companies wish to provision -- and then makes it illegal to compete." Confused by the lega-speak. Bill Hollbrook puts it into pictures. Read related posts here, here, here and here. Read this MediaChannel story and this recent piece in USA Today.

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