An independent, nonpartisan news service, the Kentucky Lantern, has published an excellet article on the attempts by a Kentucky state senator to force the Frankfort Plant Board (FPB) to sell its telecommunications network.
As we discussed here at Broadband Bytes and in an edition of our Broadband Action podcast, state Senator Gex Williams, a Republican from Boone County whose new district includes Frankfort, has lobbied FPB to sell the utility to a private company, an idea that FPB has rejected outright. Now, Williams is working on legislation for the next session that would single out Frankfort's network as the only one of Kentucky's 12 municipal broadband utilities that were created under the 1940's law that Williams wants to change.
The Kentucky Latern says it has obtained a copy of Williams' draft bill, which would:
William's attack on one of the nation's longest-running municipal broadband utilities is drawing the attention of groups such as the American Association for Public Broadband (EPB) and other consumer groups. Other efforts to block municipal broadband are also underway in other states, often funded by dark money groups with no accountability. It's unclear whether Williams' efforts are connected to this larger national issue.
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