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Obama Calls On FCC To Remove Municipal Broadband Restrictions In 19 U.S. States

President Obama is pushing full throttle in his last term for more internet stability, before a likely Republican candidate swoops up the next election and starts listening to telecoms.

In his next ‘State of the Union’, Obama will address the growing concern on municipal broadband being restricted in 19 states, due to laws written by broadband providers.

These laws limit competition in the area, due to being overbearing and forcing smaller companies away from competing. Essentially, they give the big broadband companies nothing to worry about, allowing them to push slower speeds on customers.

City leaders are sick of these behind-the-scenes deals with state leaders, and have already appealed to the Federal Communications Commission to make these laws illegal.

The FCC has also said they will look into the bans on community driven broadband project, and Obama’s support will advance the talks, hopefully bringing Chairman Tom Wheeler to a deceive conclusion.

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Obama brought up three prominent cities that have 1Gbps speeds due to no barriers set up by broadband providers: Cedar Falls, IA; Kansas City, MO; and Chattanooga, TN.

He then said other cities needed work, citing Washington, D.C; San Francisco, CA; New York; and Los Angeles, CA. Obama pointed to 1Gbps as a goal for all broadband services, a number reached by other large cities in Asia and Europe.

Standing for municipal broadband might bring a wave of community driven projects, and if the net neutrality bill, reclassifying broadband providers to ‘common carrier’, it will also bring more Google Fiber developments.

2015 is a big year for broadband and the internet-in-general for the U.S., and thankfully Obama is on the side of the internet. However, the Republican Congress seems less excited with some of Obama’s moves, and may look to stop him from pushing more regulation on broadband providers.

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