FCC Petitioned Over State Laws That Prohibit Broadband Networks Run by Municipalities

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received two petitions this week asking the federal agency to overturn state laws that specifically limit or ban broadband built and operated by municipalities. One of the petitions is from the city of Wilson, North Carolina and the other from the EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In June FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that something had to be done about these kinds of laws; there are currently 20 states that have passed laws limiting or prohibiting broadband networks run by cities and towns.

"We have just received the petitions filed by EPB of Chattanooga and the City of Wilson, North Carolina and are reviewing them," said FCC Chairman tom wheeler in a statement. "We look forward to a full opportunity for comment by all interested parties, and will carefully review the specific legal, factual, and policy issues before us."

The FCC did not give a specific timeline for when this review would occur.

We will have more on this story as it develops.

Source: Ars Technica

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