Eleven months ago, we noted the incredible energy in the Maine Legislature around improving Internet access. Maine State Representative Norm Higgins joins us this week for Community Broadband [no-glossary]Bits[/no-glossary] Podcast episode 180.
Rep. Norm Higgins, a newcomer to the Legislature, pushed hard for legislation to encourage municipal open access networks as well as removing barriers to increased investment including a tax on the Three-Ring Binder project. He was part of a large majority that moved some key bills forward despite fierce opposition from Time Warner Cable and others.
We talk with Rep. Higgins about the various bills, including LD 1185, which would have created planning grants for community owned open access networks but [no-glossary]passed[/no-glossary] without any funding.
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Thanks to Arne Huseby for the music, licensed using Creative Commons. The song is “Warm Duck Shuffle.”