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Motherboard: FCC to allow states to ignore laws preventing municipal broadband

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 15:58 -- Eva Prkachin

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Telecom lobbyists are just having the worst year already.

Article by Justin Koebler

The Federal Communications Commission is going to allow two cities to ignore state laws that ban them from building community-owned broadband networks, according to chairman Tom Wheeler.

It's big news for Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Wilson, North Carolina, and it's a signal to other cities in the 21 states that have laws restricting municipal broadbandthat they can start considering their own networks without worrying about their state laws.

Some quick background: Many cities that are poorly served by existing cable and internet companies decide to build their own networks. It's a particularly attractive option for cities and towns in rural areas, and President Obama and Chairman Wheeler have been pushing it as something cities should consider if they are unhappy with their current service.

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