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Broadband providers, railroads clash on crossing legislation – from WDBJ/Channel 7

By Joe Dashiell

Published: Jan. 27, 2023 at 7:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – A dispute between broadband providers and railroads in Virginia is playing out in the General Assembly. And how it’s resolved could have an impact on thousands of people who are waiting for high speed internet.

At issue is how long it takes and how much it costs for broadband providers to cross rail lines when they are extending service to new customers.

The companies delivering high-speed internet say the railroads have become a roadblock, at a time when the state is devoting a billion dollars to universal broadband.

Railroad representatives say they support the extension of broadband, but argue there are other important issues including public safety and private property rights.

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