Telecoms say city franchise agreements impede innovation, seek legislative relief

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Telecommunication giants are asking Kansas lawmakers to bar cities from forcing them to sign wireless franchise agreements, a move the companies say will allow them to offer faster and better internet service for consumers.

Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have joined together to try to stop cities from holding them "hostage" to costly franchise agreements the companies say stymie their ability to expand their networks and set the stage for new technology innovations.

The legislation lays the groundwork for a debate at the Capitol pitting the . . .


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