More good news! Senate’s monopoly protection bill put on hold

hugHey, guys. Just got out of the Senate Commerce Committee and the news is good. While SB 1004 wasn’t killed (that would have been perfect), it was sent to another Senate Committee for study.

Translation? Greenlight is safe and the future of next-generation broadband is in better shape now than it was just a little while ago. The Revenue Committee has a reputation for taking a good look at bills that come its way. Assuming everyone is invited to the table, they should get an understanding of how important next-generation broadband is to our state’s future.

Historically speaking, they’ll start looking at it sometime this September and have a report prepared about a year from now. Meanwhile, North Carolinians and people all over the country will continue to see more and more how important true high speed is to our economic development. The landscape has changed in a good way over the past couple of years and it will continue to change while they do this study.

Two bills sent to study committees in less than 24 hours. Wow.

Gotta shout out to the social media folks again. Several people came to the early meeting because they heard about it online and wanted to make sure their voices were heard. One woman saw it on Twitter just a few hours before the meeting began and decided to bring her husband along. Thanks to all of you who tweeted, posted, blogged and called.

Bottom line,  your input has been huge throughout this process. These duplicate bills may have wrecked NC’s next-generation broadband expansion, but you helped reel them in. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

5 Responses

  1. To the good folks at Wilson, NC, their allies and supporters. I’ve been advocating for community networks since 2005. I don’t believe that since Philadelphia beat back Verizon to a compromise have so many people fought so hard to kill really bad legislation.

    Those of us fighting the good fight nationally salute you. This morning our smiles are almost as big as yours 🙂 Keep on working to bring broadband benefits to your city and the great state of N. Carolina!

    • Thanks, Craig. The social media world, including people like you, have been our best friends in this fight. Keep the faith!

  2. I’m curious who made the decision that the Senate Commerce Committee would look at SB1004 this morning?

    Hoyle’s office was extremely snippy with me, when I called to register my dissatisfaction with his comments to the News and Record reporter that he’ll make sure S1004 gets to the Senate floor one way or another.

  3. Congratulations. Now it’s time to go on the offensive. Write a bill that does the opposite of what nearly happened – legislation that specifically protects municipal broadband. Then promote it in the statehouse and lobby for it mercilessly.

    The lobbyists are just going to keep hammering at this, holding secret meetings and spreading the cash around at fund raisers until they get what they want.

    The time to do it is right now, before they can rebound from this and while the politicians are busy trying to throw this hot potato around so nobody snaps a photo of them holding it.

  4. Congrats!

    Mr. Bowman,

    I am a student at NCCU and I did a PowerPoint presentation on Broadband access in NC and I mentioned Greenlight and Wilson several times. I’d like to send it to you, do you have an email address I can forward it to?

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