US court says FCC can't block state laws on public broadband

Thursday 11 August 2016 | 07:38 CET | News
A US federal appeals court has overturned a Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers, AP reports. The court said the FCC overstepped its authority and could not pre-empt state or local laws. The decision comes as part of a dispute between the FCC and the two states Tennessee and North Carolina. Both states had passed laws preventing local providers in their respective cities of Chattanooga and Wilson to expand broadband services to surrounding areas. The FCC last year voted to override those laws,

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