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Local Authority Restrictions One of the “Worst Policy Ideas of 2014” According to Wonkblog

| Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 31, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/local-authority-restrictions-one-of-the-worst-policy-ideas-of-2014-according-to-wonkblog/

We are well into the new year; a look back at 2014 can be instructive if we strive to learn from our mistakes. A December article from the Washington post Wonkblog listed “11 of the worst policy ideas of 2014” and, of course, state barriers restricting local telecommunications authority was on the list:

Fed up with limited choices, high prices and shoddy service, many cities want to turn their back on large Internet providers by building their own municipal broadband service. Standing in their way are state legislatures, lobbyists for the telecom industry and even federal lawmakers who believe states should have control over what projects their cities invest in.

Fortunately, this is something that we can change – let’s educate elected officials to ensure there are no new barriers and existing barriers are repealed!