On September 21st, President Barack Obama’s Broadband Opportunity Council released its first report. The council outlined four main recommendations for promoting broadband, but the council’s report was also notable for what it left out – any specific mention of municipally-run broadband services.
The omission was particularly stunning considering the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by President appointed Thomas Wheeler, voted to overturn municipal broadband laws in North Carolina and Tennessee earlier this year, a move that will allow government-owned networks (GONs) in that state to expand. President Obama also promoted municipal broadband networks in advance of his State of the Union in January.
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