Cities battle back against telecoms, say they’re not impeding new technology

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The three biggest cities in Kansas battled back against telecommunications companies Thursday, saying that franchise agreements do not slow down deployment of better and faster internet service for consumers.

Officials from Wichita, Overland Park and Kansas City, Kan., told lawmakers that the telecommunications companies - AT&T, Verizon and Sprint - aren't suffering harm from signing franchise agreements.

Their testimony came on the second day of a two-day hearing held by the Senate Utilities Committee on a bill prohibiting local governments from requiring wireless franchise agreements.

The companies say the time-consuming and costly agreements hamper their ability to . . .

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