Community Broadband Legal and Regulatory Barriers, Challenges and Opportunities: A Conversation on Where Things Stand at the Federal and State Level, What’s Working and What’s Not

June 26th – 10:30 am to 11:15 am
Quandary Peak 3

Twenty states currently have legal barriers to public broadband initiatives and public-private partnerships, and bills to add, remove, strengthen, or weaken existing barriers to municipal and electric cooperative participation have been introduced this year in Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee Vermont and Washington. At the same time the federal government has been sending mixed signals — enacting measures and funding opportunities that encourage community broadband while at the same time taking other actions that effectively limit or undercut community broadband initiatives.  In this session, Sean Stokes, on behalf of the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), will review how the arguments in state and federal legislative and regulatory battles have changed in recent years, what is now working well and what isn’t, what lies ahead in 2019 and beyond, and what attendees can do to advance local choice.