Colorado may give hope to other states that are looking to build municipal broadband networks as seven of the state's communities voted earlier this week to let their local government entities offer broadband services.
Attempting to slow down quickening consumer support for municipally run broadband services, the big-cable-backed lobbying group NetCompetition has released a short video, outlining all the reasons why it thinks muni broadband is a bad idea.
Baltimore has joined the growing chorus of municipalities that are fed up with local cable operator Comcast by looking into how they could build their own fiber-based broadband network.
The City of Baltimore expanded broadband service choices for local residents and businesses and has hired a consulting firm to, among other things, explore ways through and around a franchise agreement signed with Comcast that runs through 2016.
Three Connecticut city mayors from New Haven, West Hartford and Stamford have come together in hopes of creating a 1 Gbps-capable open access fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network for the state.
As Netflix prepares to increase the content it's delivering in 4K/UHD, a bandwidth-hungry video format, the SVOD provider promoted, in comments to the FCC, municipal broadband providers' ability to quickly bring U.S. residents up to the Internet capacity necessary to view Ultra HD.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's call to rework laws that ban or inhibit growth of municipal broadband networks is facing strong opposition from Republican leaders, who argue that the regulator does not have the authority to meddle with state laws.
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.