Legislature settles technology dispute between cities, telecoms

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The Legislature has signed off on an agreement between wireless providers and cities that the telecoms predicted will allow them to provide faster internet service for their customers.

The telecommunications giants — AT&T, Sprint and Verizon — had asked lawmakers to prohibit cities from forcing them to sign franchise agreements they said hurt their ability to expand service for consumers.

The bill prevents cities from requiring franchise agreements but allows cities to require so-called small cell facility deployment agreements or master license agreements.

The bill also . . .

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