Fibrant exemption not so sure in Senate
When the N.C. House approved the community broadband bill Monday night, Salisbury’s full exemption for Fibrant was intact.
Salisbury and four other cities with networks already up and running are exempt from House Bill 129, which restricts the ability of municipalities to provide high-speed Internet, cable TV and phone services to residents.
But the cities could face a tougher fight in the N.C. Senate, where Sen. Andrew Brock (R-Davie) says several senators have expressed reservations about the full exemption.
Brock said he doesn’t want to see Salisbury get hurt, but his top priority is the taxpayers who would end up footing the bill if Fibrant fails.
Read more from Brock and city officials in Wednesday’s Post.
Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.