Tennessee sues FCC to stop expansion of municipal broadband
Tennessee is suing the FCC over the commission’s decision last month to preempt state laws that have stalled the deployment of municipal broadband. The FCC’s action came in response to a petition from the Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which found itself handcuffed by state regulations and barred from offering municipal broadband outside areas where it was already providing electric service.
But with its 3-2 vote last month, the FCC gave EPB in Chattanooga (and another muni broadband network in Wilson, North Carolina) the go-ahead to expand their service areas. The FCC said its move was justified under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act, which authorizes the agency to “remove barriers to broadband…
Source:: The Verge