The Kansas legislation that would make it nearly impossible for cities and towns to offer broadband service to residents will be “tweaked” to make it less restrictive.

As we wrote this morning, the legislation was submitted to the Kansas state Senate by the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association (KCTA), whose members include Comcast, Cox, Eagle Communications, and Time Warner Cable.It was scheduled for discussion on Tuesday, but KCTA President John Federico just confirmed to Ars that the group will request that the hearing be postponed.

The group’s board met today and decided that “some tweaking of language is necessary in the bill, in particular how we are defining unserved areas,” Federico said.

The bill currently states that cities and towns may not “Offer or provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications, or broadband service” except in “unserved areas,” defined as places where 90 percent of households lack access to any broadband service, whether it be “fixed or mobile, or satellite broadband service.”     

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