Wireless communications bill sparks outcry in parts of Ky.

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 7:22 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Several Kentucky telephone companies say they want to invest in better wireless communications but how they want to pay for it is sparking an outcry in some parts of the state.

The telecommunications providers say the money they spend on maintaining landlines in sparsely populated areas would be better spent on new technology.

Kentuckians currently have a right to access basic phone service; it's part of the deal the phone companies struck with deregulation a few years ago.

But a trade group says old copper wire technology is cost prohibitive, especially in rural areas. The phone companies argue new technology can better serve all of Kentucky.

After passing the senate easily, the bill is now in limbo. With only a few days left in the session, it appears the only way the measure could be approved is if it is attached to another piece of legislation that's on a faster track.


 

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