Sascha Meinrath: Indiana House Bill No. 1148 provides a legal basis for discriminating against the poor and underserved within local communities. The law contains no provisions allowing municipalities to provide services because customers are being overcharged by existing carriers. More than that, this law makes it illegal for a municipality to roll out better services, even if they are cheaper. Basically, it forces every customer in the state to pay whatever their service provider wants to charge, for whatever quality of service these companies wish to provision — and then makes it illegal to compete. (complete post is a must read!) (Link tip, Esme Vos) Other states with similar legislations. Also, how Lafayette, Louisiana is facing an uphill battle and pressure from incumbents to get its broadband network going. Esme’s opinion piece and Broadband Bliss!