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“How Kansas Won the Google Fiber Jackpot And Why California Never Will”

August 4, 2012

By Elise Ackerman

“In California in particular, environmental regulations prevent companies from improving the telecommunications infrastructure, Medin said.

‘Google is a big believer in protecting the environment for future generations, but certain types of state and local environmental rules make investment very difficult,’ he explained. ‘Laws like the California Environmental Quality Act can make it prohibitively expensive for companies to invest in new projects, such as our fiber project, within California.

‘ Many fine California city proposals for the Google Fiber project were ultimately passed over in part because of the regulatory complexity here brought about by CEQA and other rules. Other states have equivalent processes in place to protect the environment without causing such harm to business processes, and therefore create incentives for new services to be deployed there instead.'”

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