By Patrick Malone – A feeding frenzy over funds for broadband expansion damned a proposal to modernize telecommunications in Colorado for the first time in 25 years.
Sponsors hailed SB157 as the most important bill of this year’s legislative session when they introduced it almost two months ago. On Friday (May 4, 2012), they withdrew it with a bitter whimper.
“I think the fact that it sat between March 21 and May 4 means that legislators recognize that the bill as written has some fatal flaws,” Jim Campbell, regional vice president for CenturyLink, said. “From CenturyLink’s perspective, we think the winners were our consumers, especially our rural consumers, who would have been severely impacted if this bill had passed.” more> http://tinyurl.com/6n6cye8
- Colorado Telecom Overhaul In Doubt This Year (denver.cbslocal.com)