Arkansas is looking good, Kentucky not so much

Analysis In what could prove to be an important turning point in the rollout of fiber across the US, this week the Arkansas congressional committee voted to repeal their state's prohibition on municipal broadband.

The Congressional committee met in Little Rock, Arkansas and voted unanimously to get rid of restrictions that have prevented local governments in the state from setting up their own internet networks.

And so, for several years, lobbyists have flooded state capitols and, in many cases, successfully persuaded lawmakers to pass legislation preventing local governments from even considering taxpayer-owned fiber networks.

In many cases the wording has been almost identical from state to state.

Not only that but Arkansas has put together a billion-dollar fund to cover the expansion of internet access.

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