A controversial bill that would have greatly restricted public investment in broadband projects in Georgia faced a setback last week when the state's House of Representatives voted to kill the measure. The so-called Municipal Broadband Investment Act -- which was introduced last year and received widespread criticism from tech companies such as Google and trade associations, including the Utilities Telecom Council -- would have prohibited municipalities from launching their own services if residents had access to at least 3 Mbps Internet service.

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