The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made a ruling that could see some of the remotest areas in America start enjoying cheaper and faster Internet services.
All city-owned broadband services have in the past found it difficult venturing into regions where commercial providers overlooked. But with this ruling, they will find their work getting easier and stand an opportunity of reaching out to as many customers as possible. The move coincided with FCC regulations on net neutrality that were seen to gag big providers like Verizon and Comcast.
FCC was responding to a petition by the cities of Tennessee, Chattanooga, North Carolina and Wilson that had asked for laws inhibiting their expansion to be re-looked. They argued that such state laws were draconian since they came into effect long before they set base in the cities. It is now a huge reprieve for the city-owned Internet operators after the directive by FCC. President barrack Obama was in support of the new directive.
He said the laws were stifling market competition as well as economic growth. That appears to be a huge vote of confidence in FCCs decision that many Republican lawmakers seemed not comfortable with. Some of the operators who reacted to the new directive said it will help record huge savings. For customers, they are now happy that broadband services will come closer to their houses after being ignored for long by the so-called big operators.
There are many local governments that offer broadband services and had expressed fears of lagging behind economically. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has told off critics of the new directive saying they fear competition. He said they have to live with that especially in the modern markets. “The bottom line of these matters is that some states have created thickets of red tape designed to limit competition.”