Tag:municipal broadband

  • State lets Salisbury refinance debt for muni broadband system

    Bleeding money, unable to sign up enough subscribers, and incapable of investing in new technology to attract users, Salisbury’s beleaguered municipal broadband service is about to be leased to a private firm. The N.C. Local Government Commission approved a deal Tuesday, July 10, allowing Salisbury to…

  • House bill would let Wilson extend muni broadband service

    Rep. Susan Martin, R-Wilson, took a step Wednesday in clearing a path for Wilson to expand the area in which it offers broadband service. She has lobbied for a change in the law to allow rural areas to be more competitive with traditional providers. Martin filed one of 21 bills…

  • 6th Circuit gives N.C. a victory in municipal broadband dispute

    The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed the states of North Carolina and Tennessee a victory on Wednesday when it struck down a Federal Communications Commission rule that pre-empted the states’ regulation of municipal broadband service within their borders. The three-judge panel said that the FCC overstepped its authority.

  • Expert: Federal Appeals Court May Uphold N.C. Broadband Law

    A high-tech analyst suggests that a Federal Communications Commission rule pre-empting state laws limiting municipal broadband — including North Carolina’s — could be in trouble. Berin Szoka, president of Tech Freedom, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan technology think tank, said that while it’s difficult to predict the outcome of a lawsuit…

  • Limits on Municipal Broadband Raise Hackles in City Halls

    GREENSBORO — During the 2009-10 legislative session, then-Sen. David Hoyle, D-Gaston, sponsored a bill that would prevent cities from building broadband systems without a public vote. That bill died in committee, but now Rep. Marilyn Avila, R-Wake, has given the issue new life with the current bill.