NCSL Responds to FCC on Municipal Broadband, Net Neutrality


NCSL NewsFederal Communications Commission Ruling Pre-Empts State Laws on Broadband

Washington, D.C.—William Pound, National Conference of State Legislatures executive director, released the following statement about the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling on Thursday.

“The position the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) took today is unfortunate and downright disappointing. The American people are the ones who lose in this hostage situation created by the large Internet corporations and content providers.

In a separate action by the FCC, new regulations pre-empt state law regulating municipal broadband networks. NCSL takes the pre-emption of states very seriously and will continue to pursue our options to ensure that any action taken by the FCC on municipal broadband networks is overturned by the courts.”

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.