Missouri’s Battleground for Community Broadband

Missouri is an agricultural sate, with farms covering two-thirds of the sate’s total land acreage,supporting an $88 billion industry. The sate’s large rural areas lack access to high-speed broadband. According to the FCC’s 2019 Broadband Deployment Progress Report, over half of Missouri residents in rural areas of the sate lack access to broadband at speeds…

Casting a Wider ‘Net: How and Why State Laws Restricting Municipal Broadband Networks Must Be Modified

One of Congress’s purposes in passing the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was to encourage the widespread deployment of broadband Internet. As municipalities began constructing their own broadband networks, private sec-tor Internet service providers, alarmed at the prospect of competing with these public networks, pushed back with lobbying campaigns encouraging states to enact laws prohibiting these…

INDEFEASIBLE RIGHT OF USE AGREEMENT

THIS IRU AGREEMENT (“Agreement”) is made, entered into, and effective as of the 28th day of September, 2001, by and between McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, Inc. an Iowa corporation (“McLeodUSA”) and Norlight Telecommunications, Inc., a Wisconsin corporation (“IRU Grantee”).

Broadband 2020 Legislation

Search the different bills for each state to access the Bill Summary and Issue Area. With roughly 9 out of 10 adults in America using the internet, many consider it to be a necessity of modern life. Because access to the internet is unavailable or inadequate in parts of the country, states and the federal government are…

HOUSE BILL NO. 1768

This bill allows for neighborhood and community improvement districts to partner with telecommunication company’s or broadband providers to construct or improve telecommunications facilities that are in an unserved or underserved area (service less than 25/3) as certified by the DED office of Broadband.  The Bill also extends the grant making authority of the DED office…