Semo.net owner petitions for open access in Poplar Bluff
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Semo.net owner Brian Becker says a grassroots movement will bring open internet access back to Poplar Bluff.
The solution is another petition.
Becker says if he gets 3,000 registered voters in Poplar Bluff to sign it, the city council must either readopt open access, or put it on the ballot for a public vote.
The petition drive is called 3K60.
Becker says he thinks he can get the 3,000 signatures needed in the next 60 days.
He says that will be more than 25 percent of registered voters in Poplar Bluff, which is the amount needed to get the proposed ordinance on the ballot.
The city discontinued open access internet service in May, something the city council originally vote to terminate last year.
Becker says the change took away a large chunk of his customers, and says eliminating open access created a monopoly and raised prices.
And Becker says the citizens should make the final call on open access, not the city council.
And he's confident they'll have that chance soon.
"We feel like if we get the signatures in 60 days, we can get on the November ballot," Becker said. "But the city has a process in which it has to verify the signatures. So even if we don't get on in November, we can in February."
The city of Poplar Bluff argues the city had open access for years and it cost the city extra money.
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