North Carolina sues FCC over Wilson community broadband decision by Rick Smith, WRAL TechWire
"Attorney General Cooper must not realize the irony of using state taxpayer dollars to ensure less money is invested in rural broadband, but we certainly do," said Christopher Mitchell, the directory of Community Broadband Networks at the Minnesota-based Institute for Local Self-Reliance. "State leaders should stand up for their citizens' interests and demand good broadband for them, rather than fighting alongside paid lobbyists to take away those opportunities."
The group accuses telecommunications and Internet provides in North Carolina of not providing wide-spread high-speed access in the state.
"Rural areas in North Carolina already suffer from some of the slowest speeds in the nation because the big telecom giants see no financial reason to connect them," the Institute said. "The FCC ruling will help communities that will never be covered by these corporations to finally have Internet access beyond dial-up service."
North Carolina sues FCC for right to block municipal broadband by Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica
Residents stuck with slow Internet while state fights on behalf of private ISPs.
North Carolina Sues FCC To Keep Limits On Municipal Broadband by Chris Morran, The Consumerist
North Carolina's Broadband Policy: Wasting Tax Dollars Pretending To Care About Wasting Tax Dollars from the dynamic-duopoly-defenders dept by Karl Bode, TechDirt
Not too surprisingly, politicians loyal to incumbent ISPs cried foul, and immediately started working on drumming up partisan division. It's not working: most municipal broadband networks see broad, bi-partisan community support -- and most municipal networks have been...