Clyburn: Muni broadband bans throttle Internet growth

The latest iteration of a plan to make it difficult, at best, to develop municipal broadband systems is wending its way through the North Carolina legislature with the support of incumbent cableco Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and telco AT&T (NYSE: T). Similar bills, probably with similar support, are moving through governing bodies in South Carolina and Arkansas.

And they're all wrongheaded, said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who said the legislation sets up roadblocks to municipalities that want to deliver wide-reaching broadband access.

The North Carolina legislation, she said, "certainly sounds goal-worthy, an innocuous proposition, but do not let the title (The Level Playing Field Act) fool you ... it will discourage municipal governments from addressing deployment in communities where the private sector has failed to meet broadband service needs."

For more:
- The Hill has this story

Related articles:
NC anti municipal broadband bill receives state House approval
Time Warner Cable raked for North Carolina muni broadband fight

Suggested Articles

Increased internet speeds will outpace premises WiFi capabilities, category cables can deliver the high speed and low latency demanded by consumers.

After announcing a deal to integrate the Amazon Prime Video app earlier this year, Virgin Media said that service is now available to millions of its TV…

NCTA-The Internet and Television Association is pointing to a new report that shows the cable industry had a $450 billion impact on the U.S. economy in 2018.