RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina lawmakers want to study the impact of allowing cities to offer low-cost Internet service before letting more municipalities get in the business.
The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill Wednesday to impose a freeze on cities and towns that want to sell cheaper, faster Internet service than companies offer while a legislative panel researches the issue.
The freeze ends either when legislators adopt new rules governing municipal broadband operations or lawmakers go home next year without a decision.
Cities offering cable and Internet service - Morganton, Wilson, Mooresville and Davidson - could continue and Salisbury would be allow to continue building its system.
The bill must be approved by the full Senate and then the House.
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