FCC may vote this month to nix laws that block broadband

Gigaom

States laws that obstruct towns and cities from building their own broadband networks are likely to fall at the end of the month, according to a report that says the FCC will vote on the issue at its next public meeting on February 26.

The vote concerns two cities — Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina — that filed petitions with the FCC last year to rule that state rules restricting their fiber build-outs are inconsistent with federal law.

A report in the Washington Postsuggests the FCC will act this month, and that it is set to intervene in favor of the cities:

Federal regulators are moving ahead with a proposal to help two cities fighting with their state governments over the ability to build public alternatives to large Internet providers. […]

The draft decision targets legal hurdles that make it more difficult for city- or community-run Internet services to get off…

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