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FCC Chair Ajit Pai: Private Providers Can Solve The Digital Divide … If Government Gets Out Of The Way

September 12, 2017

Two weeks ago, this blog detailed how private sector Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are helping to bridge the digital divide. In remarks in Texas last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Ajit Pai picked up on this theme, arguing that commercial investment is key to bringing more people online. According to Multichannel, Pai argued that …

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ITIF Forum: Municipalities Need To Reduce Barriers To Entry

June 8, 2017

This week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) held an event to discuss how municipalities and industry can collaborate to spur broadband deployment. According to Morning Consult, at the event ITIF Founder and President Rob Atkinson said one of the best ways that local government officials can help create more broadband opportunities for their …

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FCC Attempting To Reduce Regulatory Barriers To Private Broadband Investment

May 5, 2017

Policymakers in Washington, DC currently are focused on health care and tax reform, but after that Congress and the White House are expected to turn their attention to a plan to rebuild and enhance the nation’s infrastructure. It’s not certain whether this plan will include federal funding for broadband development.  Either way, it might not …

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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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