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New Missouri utility law could cause problems

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Disappointed, agitated, and concerned.  Those are just a few reactions to a new Missouri law concerning access to utility poles.

The Hannibal Board of Public Works is worried about what could happen now that other companies can use their poles and towers without permission or cost.  The law signed by Governor Jay Nixon is an effort to expand high speed internet throughout Missouri.
   
BPW General Manager Robert Stevenson says a big concern is for workers' safety around high voltage lines, but he says there's another problem as well.

"The very idea that the cable companies or the State Legislature can come in and use our property rights, is just not right. And we protested that as strongly as we knew how, and lost," Stevenson said.

There will also be an impact on customers.  Stevenson says they'll  have to pick up additional costs since the other companies no longer have to pay to use the utility poles.
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