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NATOA Congratulates Citizens of Georgia on Defeat of Georgia House Bill 282

March 8, 2013 11:13 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (March 8, 2013) – The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) congratulates the citizens of Georgia and a broad coalition of local government interest entities on the defeat of Georgia House Bill (HB 282) that would have limited the abilities of Georgia local governments to build or expand broadband services in their communities. 

Many organizations and individuals united in opposition of HB 282, which was defeated last night by a bipartisan vote of 94-70 by the Georgia House of Representatives. NATOA applauds and recognizes the following:
  • Jim Baller, The Baller Herbst Law Group
  • SEATOA, regional chapter of NATOA led by Catharine Rice
  • Marcia Rubensohn, Lou Comer, and colleagues at Georgia Municipal Association
  • The coalition of Alcatel-Lucent, American Public Power Association, Atlantic Engineering, the FTTH Council, Gigabit Squared, Google, On Trac, SEATOA, the Telecommunications Industry Association, and the Utilities Telecom Council
  • FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Commissioner Mignon Clyburn
  • Chris Mitchell, Institute for Local Self Reliance (ILSR)
  • Josh Levy, Free Press 
“We are grateful to the organizations and individuals that worked to ensure the defeat of this bill,” stated NATOA Executive Director Steve Traylor. “This victory protects the ability for continued economic development and broadband deployment for Georgia residents.” 

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