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Falls Township (Bucks Co.) made history Tuesday evening as the first municipality in Pennsylvania — and only the second local government in the country — to approve privacy requirements for broadband companies handling internet customers' "personally identifiable information." Seattle was the first. There's one catch: Comcast and Verizon will not have to start complying with the requirements right away, following a last-minute change supervisors made to their proposed online privacy ordinance. If the supervisors had passed their original ordinance, provisions prohibiting Comcast and Verizon from selling or sharing customers' personal information and mandating them to mail customers annual opt-out notifications would have gone into effect Monday. But two representatives, one from each company, told Falls officials at a private meeting Tuesday afternoon the township would be breaking its existing franchise agreements with the companies, to provide residents service, if the privacy requirements went into effect.

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