According to the Morristown Citizen Tribune, cities that own fiber-optic telecommunications systems are seeking a level playing field with industry giants AT&T and Charter Communications. The largest bone of contention is service area, but other concerns exist.
AT&T, which was granted a statewide Internet and television franchise in July 2008, and Charter know no service-area boundaries.
The state-drawn line in the sand for Morristown Utility Systems’ FiberNET is the Hamblen County border, and FiberNET has more jurisdictional flexibility than all but one municipally owned telecommunications system in the state.
Jody Wigington, MUS general manager, characterizes the legislative debate as a "peeing contest."
Read the full report at the Morristown Citizen Tribune's web site.