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The Center for Public Integrity: Ridiculous road-blocks to municipally-run broadband networks

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom is desperate to stop municipal fiber Internet

Article by Allan Holmes for the Center for Public Integrity

Janice Bowling, a 67-year-old grandmother and Republican state senator from rural Tennessee, thought it only made sense that the city of Tullahoma be able to offer its local high-speed Internet service to areas beyond the city limits.

After all, many of her rural constituents had slow service or did not have access to commercial providers, like AT&T Inc. and Charter Communications Inc.

But a 1999 Tennessee law prohibits cities that operate their own Internet networks from providing access outside the boundaries where they provide electrical service. Bowling wanted to change that and introduced a bill in February to allow them to expand.

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