Cabot Mayor Ken Kincaide simply got tired of hearing communications providers promising to deliver high-speed internet service to the city, which is only 30 miles but internet light years from the Capitol.
So he took the initiative to change state law, allowing Cabot to create its own broadband future.
"Cabot can't be competitive without fiber internet," Kincaide said last week in an interview. "We're just asking the state to take the handcuffs off and let us make our own choices. We are not asking for any money -- we just need a new law to work in our favor and not against us."
Cities and counties without their own utility companies have been prohibited from raising money or forming public-private partnerships to expand broadband. They have been left at the whim of internet providers to decide when and how to deliver the service.
The Cabot native worked with his state legislative delegation -- and went down to Little Rock to speak in person before House and Senate committees -- to advocate for changing Arkansas law so Cabot could raise money and build its own fiber network.
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