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Groups: U.S. FCC shouldn't overturn state laws against municipal broadband

Grant Gross | Sept. 3, 2014
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should stay out of the way of states that have passed laws prohibiting or limiting city-funded broadband networks that compete with private services, several groups have told the agency.

One wired broadband service area ends about two miles from Dale Jobe's home, the Tennessee resident wrote. "At this time, the only Internet services available have limited data access with outrageous overage fees," he wrote. "With overage fees, my bill at its highest has been [US]$300.00 for one month. Once I reach a certain data limit, my internet is suspended until the start of the next billing cycle."

North Carolina resident Todd Patton also called on the FCC to preempt the state's law. "There is very little competition for broadband services in most areas today, leaving consumers at the mercy of a small handful of huge multi-national corporations like Time Warner Cable and AT&T to raise prices as they see fit," he wrote. "Municipal broadband offers consumers an affordable choice and often at higher speeds than the big corporations choose to offer."

 

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