This morning, an article in the Washington Post announced that the Federal Communications Commission is considering pre-empting laws in two states that restrict the ability of communities to ensure that all of access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband Internet. The decision comes in response to petitions from two Next Century Cities members – Chattanooga, TN and Wilson, NC – which have sought federal relief from state laws inhibiting the expansion of successful gigabit Internet networks. Last week, Next Century Cities released a public letter, signed by over 40 elected representatives of 38 communities, imploring the FCC to uphold the principle of local choice in considering the petitions.
In response to this morning’s promising news, Next Century Cities Executive Director Deb Socia said, ““We welcome reports that Chairman Wheeler is taking the concerns of cities and their leaders seriously when it comes to local choice. We look forward to seeing the details, but any move to expand choices for towns and cities is good for innovation, competition, and for the country. If we want truly next-generation broadband, then cities across the country need to be in the driver’s seat. That’s why they are looking to the FCC to uphold their ability to make the best choices for their communities and residents.”