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July 16, 2020

Gov. Edwards Signs Broadband Access Bill Into Law

Louisiana Senator Beth Mizell's high-speed broadband internet bill (SB 10) has been signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. (Click here to read it) The law requires a (electric) cooperative to grant permission to a broadband affiliate or a broadband service provider to use the electric delivery system of the cooperative to provide broadband services. requires a cooperative to grant permission to a broadband affiliate or a broadband service provider to use the electric delivery system of the cooperative to provide broadband services.

The Pelican Institute's CEO Daniel Erspamer stated “As students, workers, medical practitioners, and others around Louisiana have become increasingly reliant on online connections, closing the digital divide in our state has become more critical than ever. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Senator Beth Mizell and Governor Edwards’ signature, major barriers will be lifted and countless Louisianans can get connected to broadband internet. It’s great to see the passage of solutions-focused legislation like this, which will truly move our state forward.” Click here to read the Pelican Institute blog article entitled "Major Win for Getting Louisianans Connected".

This is a big step to improve broadband access to areas that are currently under-served and meet the increasing demands by business, education (such as distance learning), healthcare providers (such as telehealth), and individuals.

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