Since November I’ve met with nearly 20 communities around the state interested in improving broadband connectivity for their residents, businesses, schools, libraries, and hospitals. The findings have been clear:
Despite the best efforts of our local providers and cooperatives, poor broadband connectivity remains a real problem in many parts of the state.
For too many of our communities and rural areas, scarce resources and limited private return-on-investment, as well as outdated and unclear state laws, serve as barriers to improved broadband connectivity.
Folks are ready to do something about it.
The 2014 legislative session presents us with a timely opportunity: let’s use this “unsession” to rewrite key provisions of our telecom law that serve as needless barriers and don’t translate to 21st Century life; and let’s extend our state investment in infrastructure to the vital infrastructure of our day: broadband.
It’s nice to see a call to action and will be interesting to see what does come up during the unsession.