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Pai’s Digital Empowerment Agenda Encourages Regulatory Reform

September 19, 2016

Last week, Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Ajit Pai released a “Digital Empowerment Agenda” to encourage broadband deployment throughout the United States. Pai, as Coalition for the New Economy readers might recall, was one of the two FCC commissioners who voted in February 2015 against an FCC ruling to overturn municipal broadband laws in two states. …

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Free State Foundation Fellow: Sixth Circuit Court Ruling The Right One

September 8, 2016

Labor Day might be over, but the Coalition for the New Economy is clearly still catching up on its summer reading! In case our readers missed it when it was published: In mid-August The Washington Times printed a column by Free State Foundation Senior Fellow Seth Cooper opposing government-owned Internet networks. In his op-ed, Cooper …

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FCC “Admits Defeat” On Municipal Broadband Law

August 31, 2016

As Ars Technica reported Monday, there’s been a significant development this week in the case against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) February 2015 order that overturned two state municipal broadband laws. As the headline heralded, the FCC “admit[ed] defeat” and won’t appeal the case it recently lost in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. An …

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More Praise For Sixth Circuit Court Municipal Broadband Ruling

August 23, 2016

Experts at three separate think tanks last week praised the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ recent ruling against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) February 2016 order that preempted municipal broadband laws in two states. (Click here for our post on that ruling.) Calling the decision “welcome relief from FCC’s penchant for fiat-based governance,” Harold Furchgott-Roth, …

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Appeals Court Says FCC Overstepped In Overturning State Muni Broadband Laws

August 11, 2016

In a 3-2 party line vote in February 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to overturn laws in North Carolina and Tennessee that limited the growth of municipal broadband networks in their respective states. Yesterday, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled against the FCC, arguing the …

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What Will FCC Chairman Wheeler Say In Kentucky Today?

June 6, 2016

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler will speak today at the Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Innovation Summit in Kentucky on expanding broadband in rural areas. The nonprofit public policy group American Commitment says Kentuckians be wary of the chairman’s arguments in support of government-owned broadband. American Commitment predicts that Chairman Wheeler will bemoan the …

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Will 6th Circuit Uphold State Sovereignty?

March 21, 2016

Last Thursday, a three-judge panel from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge by Tennessee and North Carolina to a 3-2 Federal Communications Commission decision last February that overturned municipal broadband laws in those states. Lawyers for the two states argued the FCC went beyond the authority given to it by Congress and …

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Tennessee Subcommittee Says No To Government Broadband Expansion

March 17, 2016

For the second year in a row, members of the Tennessee legislature have opted to preserve current state law and prevent government-owned broadband networks from expanding beyond their current reach. The decision is a win for taxpayers. According to The Associated Press, on Tuesday Rep. Kevin Brooks, who had sponsored a bill to overturn current …

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Is The FCC Pushing Government Broadband Or Not?

February 17, 2016

In a letter sent in early February to eight U.S. senators, Federal Communications (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler said his agency has no plans to divert federal funds to municipal broadband networks and noted there are no additional petitions before the FCC requesting the nullification of state municipal broadband laws. (Last February, the FCC voted 3-2 …

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Court Sets Date To Hear NC, TN Challenge To FCC GON Ruling

August 20, 2015

According to Open Internet Law Advisor, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set a schedule for the court to hear North Carolina and Tennessee’s challenges to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order earlier this year that overturned municipal broadband laws in those states. The states are required to have their opening briefs to the …

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