“The Monopoly Magnate”

“The Monopoly Magnate”

Date: 6 Mar 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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ILSR is following HB 282, restrictive legislation moving through the Georgia General Assembly. The bill would effectively end the ability for existing networks to expand. Communities considering investing in their own telecommunications networks would face almost insurmountable financial and practical hurdles.

As the bill is heavily lobbied by incumbent telecom giants, local leaders make the trek to Atlanta to express their opposition. The bill, misleadingly titled the “Municipal Broadband Investment Act,” strongly discourages any community from investing in needed broadband infrastructure.

ILSR just released “The Monopoly Magnate” to describe what is happening in Georgia. A monocled villain uses his powers to empower Georgia legislators with the intention to pass HB 282. In true comic book fashion, we are left hanging. How will the Monopoly Magnate be stopped? As the cartoon says, “Stay tuned……”

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Lisa Gonzalez researches and reports on telecommunications and municipal networks' impact on life at the local level. Lisa also writes for MuniNetworks.org and produces ILSR's Broadband Bits podcast.