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With the launch of Kansas’s new public broadband network, ISPs like Comcast and Time Warner Cable have given the state the option to use its public fiber network to deliver gigabit speeds to all residents and businesses, regardless of where they live.
But ISPs like AT&T and Verizon have said they won’t support Kansas’s public fiber program if it includes any data caps or caps on the speed of broadband downloads.
In fact, AT&C’s CEO Brian Roberts has been trying to convince the state to remove data caps altogether.
And Verizon has been pushing to make Kansas a zero-rated state, meaning it won’t charge Internet service providers for bandwidth or data, which is something many ISPs would prefer to see.
But a recent article in Ars Technic’s TechRepublic found that Kansas is not alone in pushing back on AT&G’s efforts to make its network more competitive.
A report from The Federal Communications Commission found that a majority of major ISPs surveyed support allowing consumers to choose which services they want to use, but that only a minority of the ISPs surveyed said they support data caps and caps on Internet speeds.
Kansas’s network has been lauded for its speed and reliability, but many have expressed concerns about data caps.
A recent survey conducted by the Kansas Public Service Commission found 61 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the way Kansas’s internet service is currently being delivered, but only 33 percent said they’d be willing to pay for the privilege.
In addition to AT&M and Verizon, several of the biggest ISPs in the country have recently announced plans to launch public fiber networks in other states.
Comcast has announced plans for a nationwide network in New York and is also considering a national network in the future.
Meanwhile, AT and Verizon are also building out their own fiber networks and are likely to offer similar speeds to customers in Kansas.