But if the Kentucky General Assembly passes SB 99, AT&T, Windstream and Cincinnati Bell will be released from their current requirements to provide universal service and public protection before the FCC looks at innovative ways forward.
In other states that have let the telecommunication corporations deregulate, prices for phone service have skyrocketed. And AT&T and other large providers have pushed bills to eliminate competition from municipalities, non-profits and innovators like Google Fiber.
How is this good for Kentucky? There is no good reason for the General Assembly to rush thorough the AT&T-backed legislation and surrender the rights and protections guaranteed to us under our long-standing communications laws.
SB 99 is bad news and big trouble for all of us, unless of course you are one of these telecommunication giants.
Mimi Pickering of Whitesburg is a member of the Rural Broadband Policy Group of the National Rural Assembly.