Maine The Latest State To Try And Let Giant Broadband Providers Write Awful, Protectionist State Law

Maine The Latest State To Try And Let Giant Broadband Providers Write Awful, Protectionist State Law

Date: 4 May 2017 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

TechDirt – May 4, 2017

By Karl Bode

One of (several) reasons why American broadband is so uncompetitive is the fact that we continue to let giant broadband mono/duopolies quite literally write awful state telecom law. As we’ve long noted, more than twenty different states have passed laws making it difficult to impossible for towns and cities to improve their local broadband networks — even in instances when the entrenched duopoly refuses to. Many of these laws even ban towns and cities from entering into public/private partnerships with the likes of Google Fiber. It’s pure protectionism.

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