Louisiana broadband-as-utility effort held up in courts

The municipal utility has been trying for more than two years to develop a broadband system in competition with Cox Communications and BellSouth. The latter two entities went to the state legislature in 2004, and lawmakers passed a bill that severely limits the ability of municipal entities to get into competitive broadband businesses.

In the opinion of the appeals panel, a municipality may not use revenue from captive rate payers to support a broadband project, even if the broadband division pays back the utility division with interest.

Read this news item from Multichannel News and explore “Municipal Broadband” on the Whats New Media Wiki.

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