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for the week ending February 9, 2018

Broadband Grant Idea Gains Support:  Legislation that would provide state broadband grants to any willing provider to reach unserved rural areas of the state made progress this week on both sides of the Capitol.  On a 12-1 vote, the House Special Committee on Innovation & Technology Wednesday approved a committee substitute for HB 1872  (text […]

for the week ending February 2, 2018

Tax Fix Makes Progress:  On a 5-0 vote, the Senate Ways & Means Committee Tuesday approved legislation that would reaffirm the manufacturing sales tax exemption granted to telecommunications equipment.  The exemption was called into question by a 2016 Missouri Supreme Court ruling.  The bill, SB 625, will now move to the full Senate for consideration. […]

for the week ending January 26, 2018

Industry Issues Teed up for Review in Senate, House:   Several bills of industry interest made the agendas of committees on both sides of the Capitol this week.  Issues seeing action included: Telecom Tax Fix  — The Senate Ways & Means Committee Tuesday reviewed the provisions of legislation that would reaffirm the manufacturing sales tax exemption […]

for the week ending January 19, 2018

Governor Launches Rural Broadband Office:  Governor Eric Greitens announced Tuesday that the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED), in partnership with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, has launched a new state initiative to expand broadband infrastructure in underserved and unserved rural areas of the state.  The project’s first action will be to hire a manager […]

for the week ending January 12, 2018

Industry Issues on Agenda in House, Senate:  Among the more than 1,000 proposals introduced to date for consideration during the 2018 session are a number of high-profile issues impacting the telecommunications industry.   Following are thumbnails of industry bills up for consideration, along with links to the bill text, and comments on their status and impact. Telecom Tax […]

for the week ending January 5, 2018

Lawmakers Open 2018 Session:  State legislators returned to Jefferson City Wednesday to open the Second Regular Session of the 99th Missouri General Assembly.  Despite a  Republican super-majority in both chambers, infighting among  factions in the Senate, and a continuing battle with Governor Eric Greitens over interim appointments to the Missouri Board of  Education, are likely […]