On Thursday, the Georgia House of Representatives voted on a convincing and bipartisan basis against an industry-sponsored bill to limit community broadband networks. With a 94–70 vote against, the deceptively named "Municipal Broadband Investment Act" lost despite backing from Windstream and other phone and cable companies that seek to control broadband access statewide.
Nineteen other states have already passed statutes that either hamper or outright ban efforts to build municipal broadband networks. These restrictions have passed thanks to the efforts of incumbent phone and cable companies and organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which have provided the template for these harmful bills. Against this flood of corporate lobbying, the Free Press Action Fund generated calls to lawmakers this week from its Georgia activists, joining opposition led by state and regional leaders, Georgia businesses, elected officials and groups like the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and ColorofChange.org.
Free Press Action Fund Policy Director Matt Wood made the following statement:
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