The biggest threats to local authority presently are state bills in Georgia and Minnesota that will create new barriers for publicly owned networks that are sufficiently onerous as to effectively prohibit those communities from choosing to build a network.
Bill, HB 282
, is much shorter this year than it was last year but the goal remains the same: to effectively revoke the local decisionmaking authority of communities over whether a network investment is a wise decision. Those sponsoring this bill apparently believe that 1.5 Mbps (a slow DSL line) is sufficient for anyone, including businesses. If this bill passes, communities will lose a valuable option for encouraging economic development.
The bill is presently in the House Energy, Utilities & Telecommunications Committee, roster available here.