Passage of LD 920 will have a chilling effect on broadband expansion in Maine
As amended, LD 920, An Act To Promote Oversight of and Competitive Parity among Video Service Providers, would make video service providers and streaming services delivered over the internet a “public utility,” subject to the multitude of regulations that currently cover gas, electric, and water companies. Passage would result in a sea-change in Maine law and add costly new fees to cable customers’ monthly bills, making recovery from a difficult year even more challenging. What’s worse, this preemptive fee could make Maine vulnerable to costly litigation, further burdening taxpayers. And that’s not all - the bill discriminates against providers of streaming services that are investing in critical broadband infrastructure for the state of Maine.
LD 920 is a perfect example of tax policy discouraging network investment. Maine should not penalize providers who have already invested in critical broadband infrastructure.
Please Contact Your Legislators Today And Urge Them Oppose LD 920!