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An urgent need to tackle the nation's digital divide has reignited a debate over the cost of attaching broadband equipment to existing utility poles. For years, co-ops have allowed access to their poles, relieving telecoms of the burden of building their own systems. But recently, for-profit companies have asked state legislators to shift costs to electric co-op consumer-members.
Hear from East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative General Manager Tim Smith and NRECA's Brian O'Hara as co-ops work to negotiate fair agreements on pole attachments in their states.
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