FCC takes aim at local laws that limit broadband, but faces states’ rights pushback from Republicans

Those efforts to restrict community broadband have been underway for years, and take the form of the cable industry and telcos leaning on lawmakers and throwing money into local election campaigns. In one egregious example, cable companies spent over half a million dollars in tiny Longmont, Colorado in a failed attempt to stop the community from issuing bonds to pay for a next-generation fiber optic network. The cable industry is also whipping out its checkbook in places like Kansas City and Seattle to stifle other muni broadband initiatives. The lobbying amounts to an effort to buy state lawmakers, and to sandbag smaller cities with expensive lawsuits that will make others think twice about improving their broadband infrastructure. – Jeff John Roberts, Gigaom http://ift.tt/SyIR0r