FCC Grants Petitions to Preempt State Laws Restricting Community Broadband in North Carolina, Tennessee
The Federal Communications Commission opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service. A Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted by the Commission finds that provisions of the laws in North Carolina and Tennessee are barriers to broadband deployment, investment and competition, and conflict with the FCC’s mandate to promote these goals. The state laws had effectively prevented the cities from expanding broadband service outside their current footprints despite numerous requests from neighboring unserved and underserved communities.
FCC votes 3-2 to override state bans of municipal broadband
FCC Grants Petitions to Preempt State Laws Restricting Community Broadband in North Carolina, Tennessee FCC overrules state laws to help cities build out municipal broadband (The Verge) Feds block Web laws in two states (The Hill) The FCC rules against state limits on city-run Internet (Washington Post) FCC overturns state laws that protect ISPs from local competition (ars technica)