The FCC recently announced plans to evaluate state barriers limiting local authority to deploy Internet infrastructure.
(Published May 12, 2014)
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced on Feb. 19 that the FCC plans to examine state barriers to municipal networks to encourage competition in the Internet access market. This announcement coincides with the League’s State Broadband Policy (LE-16), which calls for removing state barriers to the exercise of local authority to assist or directly provide broadband infrastructure and services.
The FCC accepted comments in March on a number of matters related to Internet networks, one of which is whether it should use its power to reduce or remove state barriers to municipal networks. The League drafted a letter of support and more than 90 mayors signed it to thank the FCC and encourage action on this issue.
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