Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation that modernizes communications policies in Kansas and increases the opportunity for investment in broadband and wireless.
Under the new law, an electing carrier would be able to tie its rates in non-competitive markets with rates in competitive markets. Currently, only AT&T of Kansas qualifies to become an electing carrier.
"This will give private business greater ability to invest in 3G and 4G networks in Kansas. These investments will be infrastructure, which gives people jobs up front, and the long-term benefits of the infrastructure will have far reaching benefits for consumers in both urban and rural areas. This will make more of our state more competitive and create an environment for high-tech growth," Brownback said.
The Kansas Corporation Commission will continue to regulate what the electing carrier can charge for Lifeline, a low cost telephone service available to those that are at 150% of federal poverty guidelines or qualify by participation in food stamps, free lunch programs, etc. Currently, that service costs $4.43 a month plus taxes.