Monday, February 02, 2015

FCC may overrule state laws in NC, TN that hinder municipal broadband

The Federal Communications Commission will move to pre-empt state broadband limits, accorsing to a story by Brian Fung Monday in the Washington Post, here

Particularly, state laws in Tennessee have hindered the cities of Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC in setting up services that would compete successfully (with lower prices) than what is available from large commercial carriers.

The FCC may have the legal authority to do this, but some Republicans object to municipalities getting into the broadband business.  The story seems ironic in that Google seems to be focusing on the South in bringing ultra high speed fiber optic broadband to several large cities in the region (Jam/ 29). 

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