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…

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…

FCC 19-79 Digital Opportunity Data Collection Report and Order

Full Report and Order from the FCC regarding Digital Opportunity Data Collection: “Accurate broadband deployment data is critical to the Commission’s efforts to bridge the digital divide. Effectively targeting federal and state spending efforts to bring broadband to those areas most in need of it means understanding where broadband is available and where it is…

FCC Press Release; “FCC ESTABLISHES NEW DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY DATA COLLECTION”

Moving to better identify gaps in broadband coverage across the nation, the Federal Communications Commission today initiated a new process for collecting fixed broadband data to better pinpoint where broadband service is lacking. Today’s Report and Order and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concludes that there is a compelling and immediate need to develop…