This morning, Next Century Cities submitted a public letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of the principle of local choice. The letter was signed by elected officials from 38 communities across the country.
The letter comes as the FCC considers petitions from two NCC members – Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC. Filed in the summer of 2014, these petitions seek the removal of state barriers which prohibit the expansion of these two communities’ successful broadband networks to nearby towns and cities. These state laws, and similar laws in 17 other states across the country, impinge on local autonomy by restricting the ability of communities to consider certain options when it comes to providing fast, affordable, and reliable broadband to their residents. In remarks outlining his broadband plan, President Obama stated that “all of us — including the FCC, which is responsible for regulating this area — should do everything we can to push back on those old laws.”» Read more about: 38 Cities Sign NCC Letter to the Federal Communications Commission in Support of Local Choice