RESOLUTE Partners is pleased to annouce its selection as a private partner for the City of Cohoes municipal broadband project. RESOLUTE plans to provide the backend OSS support, including network monitoring, trouble tickets, and billing amd tech dispatches. In addition, RESOLUTE will also provide training to City employees for overall monitoring of the network.
We can now welcome Alabama and South Carolina to the list of states which are opposing the FCC's preempted ruling that those state's laws were "barriers to broadband deployment, investment and competition" and conflicted with the FCC's "mandate to promote these goals."
Using unlicensed frequencies poses many potential issues for municipalities looking to creat their own broadband networks.
A host of rural towns in western Massachusetts are ramping up to bring broadband to their residents, according to a recent MassLive.com article. Some $40M in state funding has been put aside by the Massachusets Broadband Institute to create a fiber network infrastructure for residents, if they can all agree. The proposals currently sits with 16 towns, who must decide at town meetings and local elections in May.
On the day the FCC made its landmark ruling on net neutrality, it issued another order. This one preempted state laws restricting community broadband service in North Carolina and Tennessee and allowed expanded municipal broadband in two towns in these states.
A growing number of U.S. cities are voicing their dissatisfaction with the Internet connectivity their telecommunication and cable companies provide, and are seeking to build their own municipal broadband networks. Standing in their way are a web of state laws that prohibit or restrict municipalities from providing broadband to residents.
Such laws are on the books in about 21 states, including populous ones like California, Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. Local communities want the FCC to preempt such laws that they say hamper economic growth.