The legislation in Kansas that would have made it nearly impossible for cities and towns in that state to offer broadband service to residents was originally scheduled for debate in the Senate today. That hearing ended up being canceled after public outcry forced the bill’s author, the Kansas Cable Telecommunications Association (KCTA), to rethink its tactics.But that doesn’t mean the bill is going away forever. Cox, a member of the cable lobby group, blamed the early struggle on “misinformation” but said there will be “continued discussion.” “Cox Communications was prepared to participate in Kansas legislative hearings regarding Government Owned Networks,” the company said in a statement sent to Ars. “With approximately 22 other states having some type of restriction on the use of taxpayer dollars for these kinds of facilities, we thought it a relevant topic worthy of our involvement given our significant investment in the communities we serve and our public-private partnerships.

There was enough misinformation regarding the legislation that made it appropriate for the committee to defer action at this time. We look forward to a continued discussion with all parties on this issue.”     

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