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City Council considers blocking any future sale of Baltimore's 700-mile underground conduit system

City Council considers blocking any future sale of Baltimore's 700-mile underground conduit system

The City Council is considering asking voters to block the sale of Baltimore’s 700-mile, century-old underground conduit system, a move supporters say could encourage a public broadband system in the future.

The terra cotta system dates to 1898 and contains telephone, electric and fiber-optic cables. The largest user of the system is the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which sought to buy the system for $100 million in 2015.

Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young is the lead sponsor on a bill filed Monday that would seek a charter...

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