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Mitch Wagner
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Mitch Wagner,
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2/26/2015 | 5:58:09 PM
Re: A long time in coming
Agreed, Carol. 

As I commented on another article today, I have misgivings about today's Title II vote. 

But it's hard to make a case for blocking municipalities from putting in municipal broadband. States instituting these laws -- and fighting to protect them -- are motivated by base pandering to powerful economic interests. 
Duh!
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2/26/2015 | 5:46:16 PM
Re: A long time in coming
More concrete impact, but localized.  The Order responds to existing muni broadband operations that want to expand.   The FCC thinks it has authority to go after state laws which are "unreasonable" barriers to municipal providers who can otherwise operate under state law.  They don't have authority to preempt flat-out bans on municipal broadband provision. 

In other words, any muni broadband provider business plans that are inhibited by minor speed bumps - of the kind that apparently only exist to protect incumbent - will be turned loose.  I suspect that is a pretty small population.

Congrats to Jim Baller, who wrote the Wilson and Chattanooga petitions, for the win.
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cnwedit,
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2/26/2015 | 5:13:59 PM
A long time in coming
This may not seem to have the impact and the controversy of Net Neutrality but it could actually have a more direct impact on who gets better broadband service than the other decision the FCC made today.


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