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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