Telecommunications legislation bill passes House

telecomHouse Bill 152, which seeks to provide telecom providers with the flexibility to invest in new technology, passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday with a vote of 71 to 25.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce strongly supports this legislation which is sponsored by Rep. Rick Rand. Telecommunications reform will help make our Commonwealth more attractive to businesses so we can compete for investment dollars and jobs.

In a floor debate, Rand expressed the need for modernization through personal accounts of seeing technology change and how that translated into his sponsorship of this issue as he feels it will move the state forward.

The bill now heads to the Senate where the bill has passed in past legislative sessions. A companion bill has been filed in the Senate by Sen. Paul Hornback. The Chamber is urging its members to call their legislators and ask them to support telecommunications reform. Legislators can be reached at the toll-free legislative message line at 1-800-372-7181.

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