WiredWest, a cooperative of municipal light plants (MLPs) that are authorized to finance the buildout of networks, has gained the support of 22 Western Massachusetts towns to build a fiber network that will support up to 1 Gbps broadband services.
Los Angeles' City Council approved a request for participants (RFP) to identify what service providers would be a good fit to deploy a 1 Gbps-capable network that could serve the city's residences and local businesses.
A Socialist Party city council member is urging Seattle residents to form a "movement against" local cable franchise holders Comcast and CenturyLink in an effort to establish a municipal broadband network.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a lawsuit challenging the FCC's decision to overturn a state law that limits a municipal broadband provider's ability to extend services into new communities.
Tennessee has become the first state to pose a legal challenge to the FCC's move to overturn a state law that puts a limit on how far a municipal-run service provider can grow its network.
In yet another 3-2 vote across party lines, the FCC voted Thursday to override state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that restrict local governments from expanding the reach of their municipal broadband networks outside their jurisdiction.
The FCC moved to preempt elements of state laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that were designed to restrict municipal providers in these communities from providing broadband service outside of their current serving areas, a move that could drive other states to act, as well as potential court challenges.
A group of 43 municipal broadband providers are asking the FCC to exempt them from being included with large incumbent telcos and wireless operators as being common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
Lafayette, La., the operator of the LUS Fiber municipal broadband network, is the next city considering a move to petition the FCC to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is gearing up for a battle with state legislators in Tennessee and North Carolina with plans to circulate a draft decision to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws in both states, reports The Washington Post, citing a senior agency official.