NCSL Responds to President Obama’s Statement Regulating Municipal Broadband


NCSL NewsNCSL Responds to President Obama’s Statement Regulating Municipal Broadband

Washington, D.C. – President Obama called upon the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday to preempt states laws regulating municipal broadband networks. 

William Pound, National Conference of State Legislatures executive director, released the following statement about the president’s remarks.

“The National Conference of State Legislature (NCSL) is disappointed by the president’s call to preempt state laws that regulate municipal broadband networks.  As I am sure the president remembers from his time as a state senator in Illinois, states are ultimately responsible for the fiscal well being of its political subdivisions. State governments must have the authority to ensure that costs resulting from decisions made in one locality are not borne by all the state taxpayers.”

NCSL neither opposes nor supports municipal broadband regulation, that decision is best left to each state legislature to make.  NCSL is opposed to unwarranted preemption of state laws.

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.