House Bill Could Overrule States That Block Public Broadband Networks

Image credit: Anna Eshoo Instagram

Image credit: Anna Eshoo Instagram


A bill was introduced in the house recently that would make it illegal for states to ban public broadband initiatives.

H.R.4814: Community Broadband Act of 2018 was introduced by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA 18) on January 17, 2018 and would overrule laws in 21 states that make it difficult or illegal to establish municipal high-speed networks.

The bill is fairly straightforward and amends the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to include a new subsection entitled, "Local Government Provision of Advanced Telecommunications Capability and Services," which states, "No state, regulation, or other State legal requirement may prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting any public provider from providing, to any person or any public or private entity, advanced telecommunications capability..."


America's Internet loves the spirit and simplicity of this law and believes it will undo a lot of lobbying done by corporations like Verizon and Comcast in states that have prevented competition for broadband providers by keeping city and regional networks out of the mix.