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Kansas legislative hearing on broadband cancelled

February 3, 2014

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— A hearing on a bill that critics said would have killed the ability of cities and counties to bring broadband Internet to their areas was cancelled.

Senate Bill 304 was to be the subject of public hearing on Tuesday before the Senate Commerce Committee.

But on Monday, Committee Chair Julia Lynn, R-Olathe, cancelled the hearing.

“This is how our process was designed to work,” Lynn said. “Based on the concerns I heard last week, I visited with industry representatives and they have agreed to spend some time gathering input before we move forward with a public hearing," Lynn said in a prepared statement.

“I have decided to cancel the meeting planned for this week, and we’ll revisit the topic when some of these initial concerns have been addressed," she said.

The measure, introduced at the request of a lobbyist for the cable industry, caused an uproar especially in areas where cities were working with companies to expand broadband service.

Comments

Steve King 10 months, 3 weeks ago

No, it's not the way you wanted it to work Ms.Julia Lynn. This was a typical R-Alec bill to benefit one side only. I bet the "concerns" blew your socks off forcing you to cancel the hearing. Why didn't you go ahead and hold it? That's the idea right? Run it up the flagpole and see how it goes. How it would have went was obvious and the bill crushed through public outrage.

Kudos to those who voiced their will. We do we have the power to stop these legislative fools. Just stand up. Say No More.

I have a vision of a lobbyist running down the hill to his car with his tail between his legs.

Richard Heckler 10 months, 3 weeks ago

ALEC The Fascist Pig…..

In a nutshell: Kansas cable lobbyist writes bill outlawing Google Fiber and municipal broadband, gets it tabled in Kansas. Adopted by the Telecommunications & Information Technology Task Force at the Annual Meeting, August 9, 2002.

Approved by the full ALEC Board of Directors September, 2002.

--- http://alecexposed.org/w/images/6/6f/9A15-

--- Municipal_Telecommunications_Private_Industry_Safeguards_Act_Exposed.pdf

--- http://t.co/CO5wHz9C3Z

--- http://www.muninetworks.org/content/kansas-legislature-introduces-bill-limit-internet-investment

--- http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/30/1273848/-Kansas-moves-to-Stop-Broadband-Internet-to-residents

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Joshua Montgomery 10 months, 3 weeks ago

We were happy to help kill this bill.

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