Consumer Groups Laud Defeat of Georgia Broadband Bill
Though Carriers Will Likely Try Again. And Again. And Again.
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