State Bills To Block Municipal Networks Start In Missouri, Virginia

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“Show-Me” Your Bill

Missouri’s communities have been the object of legislative persecution from big national incumbents and the legislators they back for several years. When we learned that another effort to severely limit the ability for municipalities to bring better connectivity to the community was afoot, we weren’t surprised.

Meanwhile In Virginia

Fresh from Virginia comes HB 2108, the “Virginia Broadband Deployment Act,” which makes changes to existing law by adding an entire section. The bill also repeals several disclosure exclusions relating to telecommunications; those exclusion are now under the Freedom of information Act.

Any locality or affiliate project to provide broadband expansion services shall be designed and built or otherwise implemented so that at the time of authorization, the project (i) does not duplicate existing broadband facilities offering broadband speeds to customers, within 90 percent of the geographic area of the project, and (ii) does not duplicate service to customers who already are in a position to connect to an Internet service offering broadband speeds, for 90 percent of the projected residential and commercial customers who will be served by the project or otherwise are within the service area of the project.

Even though the FCC defines broadband as 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload, this bill lowers the standard to 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload.

We’ll Be Watching

At this writing, HB 2108 is waiting for committee assignment review.

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