STATEHOUSE—A bill authored by State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) to limit competition between the government and private communications companies passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 71-20 and now moves to the Senate. House Bill (HB) 1201 keeps the state from offering communication service to public and private customers.
“In a time when Indiana is struggling with a 9 percent unemployment rate, the government does not need to be competing with private enterprise,” said Rep. Dermody. “Our number one goal is to attract businesses to Indiana, but that would be difficult if the state is providing the same service. The government should not keep private communications companies from having every opportunity to prosper.”
HB 1201 would still allow the state to fund emergency 911 and law enforcement communications, as well as provide service to universities if there is a direct benefit to faculty and students.