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Consumer Groups Laud Defeat of Georgia Broadband Bill
Though Carriers Will Likely Try Again. And Again. And Again.
by Karl Bode 08:27AM Thursday Mar 14 2013
Last week we noted that Georgia lawmakers shot down a law proposed by Windstream and AT&T that would have made it illegal for a town to wire itself with broadband in a zip code if just one person in that area had 3 Mbps service. Consumer groups like Public Knowledge are of course cheering the defeat. "The defeat of this bill shows that the state-level agenda pushed by AT&T, which manages to be both deregulatory (for AT&T) and regulatory (in passing laws preventing others from entering the market) at the same time, can be defeated when policymakers can see its consequences," says Public Knowledge's John Bergmayer. While the win is heartening, it's important to remember that carriers will try again; it took Time Warner Cable five years and four different bills to pass anti-community broadband laws in North Carolina.

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coldmoon
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Windstream...

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IowaCowboy
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The state of Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts is getting involved in broadband deployment in a good way by using state funds to fund broadband deployment. They just ran fiber (at state expense) along I-91 to build a network backbone for broadband deployment in Western Mass, which has the worst connectivity in the state outside the pioneer valley.

The problem with rural townships in terms of deploying broadband is the lack of back haul to connect the central offices/headends to the rest of the Internet.
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I've experienced ImOn (when they were McLeod USA), Mediacom, Comcast, and Time Warner. They are much better than broadcast TV.

I have not and will not cut the cord.
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Re: The state of Massachusetts

socialism anyone
davidhoffman
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Re: The state of Massachusetts

Infrastructure investment that private companies are too short sighted to invest in.

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Socialism is looking pretty good at this point.

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Glad it didn't pass

Sadly my rep is on the subcommittee and voted in favor of HB282. I called his office a day or two before the House vote to ask him to vote no. Sadly most people around here just go vote for their party and not even bother to find out if that jerk or the other guy have their best interests in mind.

If I ever became a politician, I wonder how long I could get away with taking bribes and not doing what they wanted.
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Re: Glad it didn't pass

Same thing with my Representative Talton, he voted for it. Good to see it defeated. I have a friend in Monroe county who has multiple AT&T fiber optic cables running along his road less than 300 feet from his house. He and his neighbors cannot get DSL. the cable company will not come out to the area. So he uses Millenicom's Advanced plan using resold Verizon Wireless EVDO 3G. $60 for 20GB. No Sprint service in his area, so he cannot use the 50GB plan. I am hoping the electric power companies will decide to use fiber optic Smart Grids that can eventually be used to provide an alternative ISP. The cities of Georgia could partner with them to get better internet access to many Georgia residents.