North Carolina is asking an appeals court to toss a Federal Communications Commission ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial Internet providers.
The FCC ruling in February involved the cities of Wilson and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Both cities asked the FCC to override state laws preventing prevented them from expanding their super-fast Internet networks. They were built when companies didn’t move into their city.
But North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper has filed a legal challenge with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the FCC has unlawfully inserted itself between the state and the state’s own subdivisions. Tennessee has filed a similar legal challenge.
President Barack Obama pushed for the FCC’s decision, saying the state laws stifled competition and economic development.
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