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The FCC’s decision last month preserves net neutrality – preventing Internet providers from designating fast and slow lanes for Web traffic. Although that action was praised by many who feared the creation of fast and slow lanes for Internet content by telecommunications companies, some say the way the FCC went about it has unnecessarily opened the door to litigation.
In fact, according to this State Net® Capitol Journal article, “while the FCC’s ruling applied only to North Carolina and Tennessee, it sets a precedent that could open the door for municipalities in other states with similar public broadband restrictions. And that prospect was acknowledged by Next Century Cities, a coalition of municipalities working to make it easier to create public broadband networks.”
According to the article, as of January 2014, 20 states had such restrictions in place, according to the communications law firm Baller Herbst. The firm said Alabama, for example, required municipalities to hold a referendum before creating a broadband network and California only allowed public communications services if there were no private alternatives, while Texas banned such services altogether.
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The above article and image are courtesy of StateNet Capitol Journal.