MuniWireless has a post called Stop the North Carolina anti-muni broadband bill that describes the changes just made to hb1587.
In short, HB 1587 is bad for the communities of North Carolina and bad for United States as a whole. It is particularly offensive because it is touted as being necessary to achieve a “level playing field” for the incumbent communications providers, yet the incumbents do not, and could not, comply with HB 1587 themselves. To determine how bad a bill HB 1587 really is, the North Carolina legislature need only ask the incumbents whether they would be willing to abide by its restrictions themselves. HB 1587 should be defeated in its entirety.
Here is the new bad bill. HB1587_as_amended_June_6_2007.pdf