“[W]e can get to good deals for both sides without circumventing local authority,” according to Shireen Santosham, the city’s chief innovation officer.
“My hope is in the next 24 months, we’re going to eradicate this rural broadband issue,” James Collins, state chief information officer, told Route Fifty.
City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.
From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.
The news may come late to dial-up country, but it will be something to celebrate.
Doing so could open the door for more local governments to fund and install infrastructure for private retail networks that reach underserved neighborhoods.
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A group of mostly mayors encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to refocus its efforts on new broadband investment, instead of preempting their oversight of public rights of way.
The proposal is still on the table, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, though localities may find their authority on public rights of way preempted regardless.
Localities want more of a say in broadband policymaking. The U.S. wireless industry wants to win its race with China.
The streamlined broadband deployment the FCC is contemplating will lessen local control without making rural build-outs more likely.
There were frictions over issues involving funding and environmental permitting in a hearing on Thursday.
The massive company is reaching out for help to do it.
Santa Cruz County has taken steps to improve internet accessibility in its rural parts but wants local government to have more of a say in federal and state broadband policy discussions.
But some local officials remain apprehensive about how to proceed on a municipal solution.
Liccardo’s resignation reflected critic’s frustration over the committee focus on industry concerns with state and local government.
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“The issue will be contentious, and there will be heated conversations about what role states should take,” according to Danielle Dean, a policy director for the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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