Missouri Cities Oppose Telecommunications Regulation Bill

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Legislation fast-tracked through the Missouri Senate is being challenged by a number of Missouri communities, whose leaders argue that it guts local control over telecommunications and other companies.

Proponents say the five-bill package streamlines the regulatory process for communications companies hoping to expand their wireless services, particularly as more and more Missourians want increased amounts of data on their smartphones and other mobile devices. The bills are backed by telecommunications companies such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and CenturyLink, which the sponsor said have encountered trouble in some Missouri communities getting permits to use municipal utility poles and right-of-way access to run high-speed Internet fiber cables.

The bills are opposed by groups such as the Missouri Municipal League.

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