The Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tenn., a municipal broadband network provider, has filed a petition with the FCC to overturn a state law that prevents it from offering broadband data and video services to residents and businesses that reside outside of its electric service area.
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday suggested he might seek to abolish laws lobbied for by ISPs that block municipalities from building and using their own fiber-based broadband networks.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now taking on a Tennessee law that prohibits the state's cities and towns from building their own fiber-based networks, particularly in areas where a telco or cable MSO already provides service.
Lawrence, Kan., is the latest city to propose building out its own fiber to the home (FTTH) network that will be able to offer the same 1 Gbps speeds Google Fiber is offering today in Kansas City, reports the Lawrence Journal-World.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler continues to tout his competition mantra with a call to challenge more than 20 state laws that prevent or discourage municipalities from building out their own broadband networks.
With the digital divide now spanning gigabits as opposed to megabits, the idea of community broadband--also known as municipal broadband, a way for municipalities to drive broadband into lightly serviced areas, is again flaring up across the country.
Baltimore's move to hire a consultant to see whether it would make sense to build its own fiber-based broadband network as another option besides Comcast has drawn fire from Maryland Senator Catherine Pugh (D-Md.).
Continued impatience about when--or if--traditional service providers will start offering ubiquitous broadband connectivity has led state and local governments to take their own steps forward. Oklahoma, for example, will institute a program that expands rural access, and Leverett, Mass., plans to hire a contractor to build a fiber optic network.
Douglas County, Kan., is looking to save money by ousting incumbent provider AT&T and reconfiguring its telecommunications setup. The county approved a contract with nonprofit KanREN to serve as its ISP and approved the expenditure of $82,289 to replace phone systems in five remote offices.
Iowa's Cedar Falls Utilities has become the latest municipal provider to offer a 1 Gbps fiber to the premises service, challenging CenturyLink with a much higher speed that the telco can't yet match.