Category: broadband internet

Ninth Circuit Hears from Local Governments on FCC Small Cell Preemption

Local governments continue to combat federal telecommunications preemption on behalf of their communities and residents. A panel of judges in the Ninth Circuit Court heard oral argument for a legal challenge mounted by local governments to 2018 orders by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limiting local authority over wireless equipment in public rights-of-way. The hearing

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Senators Propose Using Satellite Auction Funds on Broadband Infrastructure

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), along with Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have introduced legislation to spend part of the anticipated revenues from auctions of the spectrum currently used by satellite companies. The spectrum, known as the C-band, is expected to be reallocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide airwaves for

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How Pittsburgh Built Equity

At City Summit 2018, 50 cities committed to new initiatives to support their innovation economies. NLC’s City Innovation Ecosystems program collects and tracks these commitments in order to showcase successes, identify best practices and connect peer cities who can learn together. Here we share the story of one city’s work: Over the last two decades, Pittsburgh

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FCC Cable Order – What Comes Next for Cities?

Nearly two months after a final order from the Federal Communications Commission upending the cable franchise system went into effect, cities remain uncertain about the future of their franchises. After the order was finalized, NLC joined more than forty municipalities and local government organizations in a legal alliance to challenge the order. NLC also joined

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New FCC Resources on Disaster Response and Public Safety

There are new recommendations out from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that local elected officials should use as resources around improving emergency communications. This set of four reports comes from the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee (IAC), a group of state, local, tribal, and territorial officials appointed by the FCC leadership to develop recommendations on communications policy matters

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NLC, Local Allies Oppose Wireless Petitions Before FCC

NLC is continuing the fight against telecom preemption. We have joined a number of local governments and municipal organizations throughout the country in opposition to recent proposals from the Wireless Industry Association (WIA) and the Communications Technology Industry Association (CTIA). These proposals aim to further limit local oversight of wireless towers and pole attachments. The

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Net Neutrality Gives Cities Some Flexibility

You may have seen headlines that a federal court handed a partial victory to advocates for net neutrality recently. But what exactly did the court do, and what does that mean for cities? Net neutrality requires internet service providers to treat all Internet communications the same and not block, speed up or slow down any

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What Does the Digital Equity Act Mean for Cities?

Closing the digital divide in America is more than just an infrastructure challenge—it’s an economic one, too. Across the country, too many homes and businesses still don’t have access to adequate broadband infrastructure, and in many communities the infrastructure in place is not enough to ensure that all residents get to participate in the local economy.

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What Do Local Leaders Need to Know about the FCC Cable Order?

On August 1, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to approve a report and order that will make dramatic changes to cable franchises managed by state and local governments. The order, which will go into effect 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, has two major components that will impact local

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How a Strong Digital Foundation Supported This Community’s Connections

Just 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, the Village of Orland Park is a municipality on the rise. Its population of 58,000 is expected to grow to 75,000 by 2030. Attention to infrastructure is critical for keeping operations in line with the increasing needs that accompany such growth. Over the last few years, Orland Park

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