Kansas Senate Bill No. 304
It has come to my attention that Senate Bill no. 304 will be put up to vote in the coming legislative session. After having read the contents of this bill, the “municipal communications network and private telecommunications investment safeguards act,” nothing in the language of this bill protects consumers or anyone living in the state of Kansas. The only groups this bill protects are large privately owned communications companies such as Time Warner, Comcast, or other media giants. Each community should be free to make decisions about how to enable the best possible internet and television service that they possibly can. This bill was clearly drafted by lobbyists attempting to target municipal networks like Google Fiber, which has cut into the profits of the large mega corporations that previously had a monopoly on this market, and prevent them from catching on. This bill is an offensive intrusion into a “free market” that many representatives claim is the fundamental process driving the economy and the government. Please do not allow lobbyists and representatives in the pockets of those lobbyists unfairly limit how Kansans connect to media, colleagues, and information available on the internet.