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The Bottom Line: Telecommunications bill passes committee

By Jacqueline Pitts, The Bottom Line

A bill aiming to cut regulations faced by telecommunications providers that prevent investment passed the Senate Economic Development Committee Tuesday.

Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Sen. Paul Hornback, follows up on the telecommunications reforms made in 2015 and seeks to modernize Kentucky’s telecommunications laws.

The legislation would apply to all areas of the state the same law that has been in place in urban areas since 2015. Extending the law will eliminate regulations.

The Kentucky Chamber has long been a supporter of modernizing Kentucky’s telecommunications regulations. Kentucky Chamber President Dave Adkisson wrote an op-ed on the issue on Feb. 15.

Senate Bill 10 now heads to the Senate floor for a full vote.

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