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Travis Hutson telecom bill would preempt right of way regulation

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Newly filed legislation could affect how much power local governments have to regulate the right of way when it comes to telecommunications equipment. Sen. Travis Hutson, chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries committee, filed the “Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act” (SB 596) on Monday. The bill, among other things, would prohibit the Department of Transportation and certain local governments from prohibiting, regulating or charging for placing small wireless facilities in rights of way. Under Hutson’s bill, local governments can’t require…

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AT&T rolls out ‘GigaPower’ Internet service in Orange County

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Telecom giant AT&T started offering its fiber optic “GigaPower” Internet service in a handful of cities across the country Tuesday, with Orlando and some pockets of Orange County making the list. “We’re excited to officially launch our ultra-high-speed AT&T GigaPower network to Orlando. Residents and small businesses want the latest technologies and AT&T is delivering,” said Joe York, president of AT&T Florida. “The AT&T GigaPower network will help encourage economic development by facilitating a new wave of innovation through enhanced opportunities for education, health, research and small business growth.”…

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