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the Kansas state legislature has introduced a new bill called the Municipal Communications Network and Private Telecommunications Investment Safeguard Act. In essence, the bill would prevent cities from rolling out their own networks or partnering with private enterprises to roll out networks in the name of safeguarding competition.
According to numerous press reports, Google has been acquiring fiber optic cabling in the US since at least 2005, has invested in large undersea fiber optic cabling projects, and has purchased enough networking equipment to have constructed one of the largest global Tier 1 internet backbones.
i have lived in small towns that had no high speed internet only very slow phone line internet because there was not enough money in the few people(56 people) in town to support cable internet.
i see this law as a way to stop small systems like private systems set up by people in a town.
officials with the board maintain the bill was created with the protection of consumers in mind.