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U.S. court blocks FCC bid to expand public broadband

U.S. court blocks FCC bid to expand public broadband

By David ShepardsonWASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion, a decision seen as a win for private-sector providers of broadband internet and a setback for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.Cities in Tennessee and North Carolina had sought to expand municipal broadband networks beyond current boundaries, but faced laws forbidding or placing onerous restrictions on the expansions.The FCC voted 3-2 in 2015 to issue an order seeking to pre-empt those state laws, saying a 1996 law required it to remove barriers to broadband investment and that the municipalities wanted to expand service into areas with little or no internet service.

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Federal court blocks FCC from expanding publicly-owned broadband projects

Federal court blocks FCC from expanding publicly-owned broadband projects

In a setback for municipal broadband advocates, a U.S. federal court ruled today that the Federal Communications Commission cannot preempt state law to let cities expand publicly-funded Internet services.Last year, the FCC approved an order that allowed cities in North Carolina and Tennessee to expand municipal broadband services outside their local boundaries, preempting state laws that restricted such actions.The commission said it did so to remove barriers to broadband investment and competition, citing the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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U.S. court blocks FCC bid to expand public broadband

U.S. court blocks FCC bid to expand public broadband

A federal appeals court said on Wednesday the U.S. Federal Communications Commission could not block two states from setting limits on municipal broadband expansion, a decision seen as a win for private-sector providers of broadband internet and a setback for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.Cities in Tennessee and North Carolina had sought to expand municipal broadband networks beyond current boundaries, but faced laws forbidding or placing onerous restrictions on the expansions.The FCC voted 3-2 in 2015 to issue an order seeking to pre-empt those state laws, saying a 1996 law required it to remove barriers to broadband investment and that the municipalities wanted to expand service into areas with little or no internet service.

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