Tag: preemption

Five Takeaways for Cities from the FCC’s Small Cell Preemption Order

On Wednesday, September 26, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a declaratory ruling and report and order that would enact harsh new preemptions of local authority over small cell wireless facility deployment and management of local rights-of-way. The order will go into effect 90 days after publication of the final version in the Federal

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Mayors Agree States and Cities Must Work Together

In his early February state of the city address, Mayor Steve Schewel of Durham, North Carolina, was blunt with his constituents: “Here is a hard truth we must face: Despite our best efforts, Durham will not reach its true greatness while our state government weakens environmental protections, drops teacher pay to the bottom of the

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Public Spaces and Local Democracy

On Tuesday, the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to exact revenge on the city of Memphis — approving a measure to withhold $250,000 in funding that had been appropriated for the city’s bicentennial anniversary celebration. A little backstory is required. In December, two statues of Confederate leaders were removed from Memphis parks — a long-awaited

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Reclaiming Our Local Democracy

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the city is not permitted to extend its municipal broadband service to woefully underserved rural neighbors, despite widespread support from people who live there. The city of St. Petersburg, Florida, is prevented from regulating the plastic bags and drinking straws that litter their waterways and harm wildlife. In every case, these cities

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Preemption Threatens Economic Development and Innovation

City leaders work every day to grow local ecosystems in their communities that support entrepreneurs. They do this in many ways – attracting and retaining talent, offering support services, and creating vibrant urban places. This work takes place in the urban sphere because innovation thrives in cities. Cities are central to the progress of our

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Why Cities Struggle to Fund Infrastructure

As President Trump and Congressional leadership emerge from a strategy meeting at Camp David this week, the infrastructure debate is heating up. There is now little doubt: Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are expected to announce that they intend to prioritize infrastructure on their 2018 to-do list. For cities, the coming focus on America’s long infrastructure

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Net Neutrality Is Just the Tip of the Preemption Iceberg

On Thursday, December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 to overturn the current network neutrality framework in its Restoring Internet Freedom order. The final order, which returns internet service to a “Title I” service under the Telecommunications Act, will no longer require that internet service providers treat all web traffic equally and will

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America’s Fight for Independence Has Always Been Local

Our country’s growing political tension between city leadership and state legislatures has long historic roots in America, NLC Director of Research Christiana McFarland writes this week in Route Fifty. Current issues ranging from municipal broadband to civil rights to the minimum wage have been involved — but the pattern is not new, says McFarland: “A

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Cities Are Fighting to Close the Pay Gap – But States Are Standing in the Way

NLC Research Director Christy McFarland discusses how state preemption of local authority may be adding to the gender wage gap. The full version of this post can be found on Route Fifty. Tuesday – dubbed Equal Pay Day – symbolizes roughly how many days into the new year that women must work to earn what men

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HB2’s Replacement Worse for Cities

With the passage of HB142, North Carolina has officially repealed the infamous “Bathroom Bill.” Unfortunately, it also brings a host of preemptive measures that threaten the notion of local control in the Tar Heel State. Following a boycott campaign that spanned from PayPal to Deutsche Bank to the NBA, the state of North Carolina repealed

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