The fight between Republicans and Democrats over whether states should be allowed to ban or restrict municipal broadband projects continued today with Democrats unveiling legislation that would overturn the state laws.
President Obama recently called for an end to laws in 19 states that make it difficult or impossible for cities and towns to offer Internet service to residents, protecting private Internet service providers from competition. The Community Broadband Act unveiled today by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) would achieve that goal.
“No statute, regulation, or other legal requirement of a State or local government may prohibit, or have the effect of prohibiting or substantially inhibiting, any public provider from providing telecommunications service or advanced telecommunications capability or services to any person or any public or private entity,” the bill says.
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