NLC Calls on FCC, Congress to Protect and Promote Internet Access in Cities
As Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered a number of policies that could impact the availability of Internet access in cities, NLC advocated in support of cities' municipal broadband efforts and to remove barriers to implementation:
- NLC supported FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's efforts to eliminate state barriers to municipal broadband networks and to ensure that communities have options to address their broadband needs.
- Over NLC's objections, the House passed an amendment to a federal funding bill that would eliminate the FCC's ability to even consider the issue of state barriers to public and public/private broadband projects. NLC will work to defeat the amendment in the Senate.
- In a rulemaking process, NLC called on the FCC to preserve an open Internet that supports local economic development through unrestricted access to lawful content, applications, and services.
- In support of NLC's position, the FCC voted to update the e-Rate program, which provides funding for wireless internet access in schools and libraries. The program invests $2 billion in federal funding in local schools and libraries to provide free internet access to residents.