Wednesday August 10, 2016

U.S. Court Blocks FCC Bid To Expand Public Broadband

It looks as though the court system has dealt the Federal Communications Commission a setback today. The federal appeals court ruled that the FCC could not block states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion. Private sector broadband providers are happy with the decision, everyone else involved...not so much.

Cities in Tennessee and North Carolina had sought to expand municipal broadband networks beyond current boundaries, but faced laws forbidding or placing onerous restrictions on the expansions. The FCC voted 3-2 in 2015 to issue an order seeking to pre-empt those state laws, saying a 1996 law required it to remove barriers to broadband investment and that the municipalities wanted to expand service into areas with little or no internet service.