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Kansas legislation to ban municipal broadband like Google Fiber, including college campuses

A fiber optic cable, like the ones used by Google Fiber and other gigabit internet service providers. (Credt: Hustvedt)

A fiber optic cable, like the ones used by Google Fiber and other gigabit internet service providers. (Credt: Hustvedt)

On campus, there’s probably easy-access Internet in every building. Maybe even high speed wi-fi. But while university-provided Internet for students is a modern day requirement for college life, it’s been slower to catch on with municipalities. As job searching becomes more and more an Internet-required task, those who have Internet from home have great advantages over those who don’t. Google Fiber and other municipal broadband services have been making an effort to close that advantage gap by offering free, low-speed Internet to consumers in specific test municipalities such as Kansas City, Kansas. But a lobbyist in Kansas has introduced broadband legislation that would ban this technology, ensuring that the current cable and Internet companies wouldn’t have to compete. Read more