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[ NNSquad ] South Carolina passes bill against municipal broadband


"South Carolina has become the latest state in the union to pass a
state-level bill that effectively makes it difficult, if not
impossible, for municipalities to create their own publicly-owned
Internet service provider that could compete with private
corporations. The bill passed the South Carolina General Assembly and
Senate on Wednesday and awaits the signature of the state’s governor.

"It’s not an absolute ban, but it makes it pretty tough," Matt Wood,
policy director at Free Press, a digital advocacy group, told Ars on

Oddly, the bill also defines broadband as being "not less than one
hundred ninety kilobits per second," which is pretty laughable by any
measure. Municipal broadband watchers also say that the bill’s passage
shows the effective lobbying of AT&T, the state’s largest telco, who
has contributed thousands of dollars in campaign contributions."

Bob Poortinga  K9SQL
Bloomington, IN  US

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