• Missouri Bill Encourages Electric Cooperatives to Provide Broadband
  • February 15, 2018 | Author: Wesley K. Wright
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • Missouri State Senator Mike Cunningham has introduced a bill to promote broadband deployment by encouraging electric cooperatives to provide broadband. The bill acknowledges the high cost of deploying fiber to provide broadband in rural areas and recognizes that electric cooperatives often deploy fiber networks as part of their electric system infrastructure. The bill encourages rural electric cooperatives to enter into agreements with the State, municipalities, telecommunications companies, and cable and Internet service providers to “provide for the nonexclusive use of rural electric cooperative infrastructure and easements for the deployment of broadband communications services.”