The Not So Broad-Band: Public Policy Argument About Broadband Legislation in North Carolina and Tennessee and the Potential National Impact

January 13, 2015

Broadband Internet service has become a necessity in the rapidly developing world we live in today. However, not all services are created equal, and municipal-run broadband providers in North Carolina and Tennessee feel that state legislatures are only furthering this disparity by assisting other providers. With the help of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”),
municipal-run providers hope to overcome the obstacles placed in their path in order to compete with major Internet service providers. Both sides of this issue present strong arguments in  support of their positions. While we wait for the FCC to act, this Recent Development argues that these municipal broadband services may not be as hindered as it seems and examines the potential implications were the FCC to intervene.