[r90] Murphy's Telecom Reform Bill Advancing Hoosier Economy (3/25/2009)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Start Date: 3/25/2009 All Day
End Date: 3/25/2009
(STATEHOUSE) March 25, 2009 - The telecommunication reform law authored by Rep. Mike Murphy (R-Indianapolis) in 2006 is still creating economic and job growth three years later. 

In a press conference today in Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's office, AT&T announced plans to add more than 35 new cell sites throughout Indiana in 2009. Among the locations are Sheridan, Anderson, Muncie and Terre Haute. 

Rep. Murphy's bill, HEA 1279, blocked the business-stifling regulations that would have hindered competition among telecommunications providers and reduced the speed of expansion across the state. HEA 1279's passage has allowed companies like AT&T to expand and invest in Indiana. 

From 2006 to 2008, AT&T's capital investment in Indiana totaled more than $1 billion and expanded high-speed Internet and cellular phone services to previously underserved regions all over the state. 

"Three years ago, we introduced the telecom reform bill with one principle in mind - to bring the benefits of the free market system to the telecommunications industry," Rep. Murphy said.  "I was proud of the law in 2006, and I remain proud today.  Even those people who opposed the idea three years ago have benefited from the economic and job stimulus this law created for our state."

Since the passage of HB 1279, Indiana has seen a wide range of benefits:

More than 2,150 new jobs in the telecommunications field.

  • Almost $1.5 billion in new investments announced to date. 
  • Expanded rural broadband access. Verizon and AT&T expanded their high-speed internet service to 102 new rural communities across Indiana.
  • Expanded choices for consumers and greater competition among telecommunication service providers. 

"AT&T is just one of the companies that has taken off since the passage of HB 1279," Rep. Murphy said.  "The idea was to create greater competition among telecom providers, because we knew that would increase innovation and reduce the cost to consumers.  And we were right.  There's no doubt in my mind that Indiana will continue to benefit from this law."

Contact Rep. Murphy by e-mail at h90@in.gov, by telephone at 1-800-382-9841 or by writing him at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.