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California bill threatens broadband access

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

An ALEC supported bill is moving in California to prohibit State oversight and local participation in developing community broadband access to open Internet.

Public interest groups and consumer advocates are raising serious concerns in opposition to SB 1161 – but industry support is well financed and the measure is moving, already passed the State Senate, now pending in Assembly Committee on Appropriations…

Access Humboldt has raised concerns here

Humboldt County wrote to the Bill’s author Senator Padilla requesting it be withdrawn or modified due to the “crucial oversight role” of the state PUC (http://xrl.us/bncgay), as did Mendocino County (http://xrl.us/bncgdg).