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Washington State lawmakers have voted to kill telecom-industry backed restrictions that limit the reach of community broadband. The Public Broadband Act (HB1336) passed the state Senate with a 27-22 vote on Sunday, after passing the House with a vote of 60-37 last February. State Representative Drew Hansen applauded the bill’s passage on Twitter, stating it “reverses decades of bad policy” and opens the door to better, cheaper broadband.  “Washington was one of only 18 states that restricted local governments from serving the public by providing public broadband,” Hansen told Motherboard. “My bill eliminates that restriction.”Frustrated by high prices, slow speeds, and spotty coverage, some 750 towns and cities have embraced some form of locally-owned and operated broadband networks. Studies have shown such networks consistently provide faster speeds at lower prices, while also forcing regional monopolies to upgrade their networks and lower their rates. But more than a dozen states have passed state laws banning or restricting towns and cities from building their own broadband networks. Such laws aren’t just supported by entrenched telecom giants, they’re often ghost written by large ISPs to hamstring competition. Some ban community broadband outright, while others impose costly or cumbersome restrictions. In Tennessee, regional utility EPB routinely ranks as one of the best and fastest broadband providers in the nation. But thanks to a state law backed by companies like AT&T and Comcast, the utility is restricted from expanding access to areas outside its utility footprint. In Washington, a twenty-one year old law let some local governments build their own broadband networks, but prohibited local utilities from delivering broadband to customers directly. Hansen, who was also the primary sponsor of the state’s new net neutrality law, says his bill finally eliminates those unnecessary limits entirely. “The Public Broadband Act broadly authorizes all local govern...
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