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TIA Files Comments Supporting FCC Action to Pre-Empt State Laws Prohibiting Municipalities from Investing in Broadband

Arlington, Va. (August 29, 2014) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today filed comments with the FCC in support of action to pre-empt certain state laws prohibiting municipalities from investing in broadband facilities.

The comments state: "TIA has been a strong proponent of ubiquitous broadband deployment. Experience indicates that the overwhelming majority of such deployment will come from private sector investment. TIA opposes state laws that erect explicit or de facto barriers to any municipal broadband deployment initiatives. Municipalities must be allowed to pursue broadband network solutions, and private sector firms must not be foreclosed from choosing to invest in and partner with municipalities."

To access the comments, visit this link.

In July, the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the City of Wilson, North Carolina filed separate petitions asking that the FCC act pursuant to section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to preempt portions of Tennessee and North Carolina state statutes that restrict their ability to provide broadband services.

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The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org for more details.

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