Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Texas House Bill 789 Threatens TFA-Wireless and Other Community Networks

I am sitting in Austin in the hearing room of the Regulatory Industries sub-committee. It's been a long day with many issues presented by speakers from all sides. The issue for TFA-Wireless is found in section 54.202. The legislation as it is now proposed eliminates the possibility of a city or municipality engaging in the direct or indirect provision of Internet networking services. TFA-Wireless has a unique collaborative relationship with RICE University and the City of Houston Public Library that is threatened by the current language. Please write your State Representative in Austin to suggest alternative language in the bill that will allow for innovation and competition. For a list of committee members go to http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/425.htm .

Thanks for your support of TFA-Wireless and other community wireless projects.

Will Reed

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