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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:03 AM

Senators Introduce Bill To Block States From Blocking Public Broadband

Consumerist.com

Senators Cory Booker (NJ), Ed Markey (MA), and Claire McCaskill (MO) today introduced the Community Broadband Act, which would make it illegal for states to forbid municipalities from building out their own networks if they want to.

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In other words, the Community Broadband Act makes it legal for a town to start a network and illegal for the state to stop them, but doesn’t provide any assistance for towns who want to build networks. It simply gives them the opportunity to pursue their own funding. To that end, the bill specifically encourages public-private partnerships.

The bill also specifically does not exempt any public carrier from existing and future federal laws and regulations pertaining to networks, nor does it in any way seek to define the FCC’s scope and authority over broadband networks.

This comes as the FCC is currently considering its own attempt to step in and give municipal broadband networks a chance. Nineteen states currently have industry-backed laws strongly limiting public networks on the books already. But communities in two of those states, North Carolina and Tennessee, filed petitions with the FCC last summer asking for the commission to pre-empt those laws so they can go on building out their networks for their residents.

More:

http://consumerist.com/2015/01/23/senators-introduce-bill-to-block-states-from-blocking-public-broadband/

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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:06 AM

1. k&R

 

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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:07 AM

2. It's about time they got around to that. n/t

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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 01:30 AM

3. Awesome!

My small town has a small local broadband provider (not a municipal one), but the big telecomm corps want to stack the deck against small companies, too. Assholes.

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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 08:07 AM

4. I'm sure the Republicans will pass this. Yeah, that's it.

 

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Sat Jan 31, 2015, 08:27 AM

5. Why did they wait so long?

 

If this bill is sold right to the people lots of pubs in small towns, when they are shown the numbers that a public run broadband network will save them money every month, will demand their rep support it.

More towns should sell gas too.

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